Jessica Cooper, Soprano
Praised for a "warm, sizeable" voice that is "agile, attractive and full of character," Jessica Cooper was hailed by the Boston Globe as "a welcome addition to Boston's top rank of Handel sopranos." Jessica has made solo appearances with the Boston Cecilia, Handel and Haydn Society, Bach Collegium San Diego, Tucson Chamber Artists, and Arcadia Players, and has been actively performing as a soloist with chamber groups and orchestras nationally and in New England since 2000. Jessica's creative independent projects include the co-founding and artistic direction of the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, establishing its 501(C)(3) status and building the organization that specializes in the music of the English Baroque. Jessica was a 2003 and 2004 finalist in the New England Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council for Auditions, and was also a first place winner of the New England National Association of the Teachers of Singing National Competition twice, competing at the national level. Other groups she has soloed with include the La Jolla Symphony, Boulder Bach Festival, Exsultemus Period Ensemble, Emmanuel Music, Musica Sacra, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra, Wellesley Symphony Orchestra and Nashua Symphony, and spoke as a featured guest on WGBH 89.7, "Classics in the morning." Jessica is lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she has taught applied voice since 2006, and Musical Theater History since 2010.