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, Musica Sacra, Handel and Haydn Society, Newton Chorale, Bach Collegium San Diego, Tucson Chamber Artists, and Worcester’s 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, a 501 (C) (3) organization specializing in the music of the English Baroque, the co-founding of Cyprian Consort- a small chamber ensemble performing works written for lute, viola da gamba and voices, and Ensemble Porteno presenting concerts of little known gems from the extensive catalogue of Ástor Piazzolla’s tango music with piano and string quartet. Jessica was a 2003 and 2004 finalist in the New England Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council for Auditions, was a first place winner of the New England National Association of the Teachers of Singing National Competition twice, and was a finalist for the national level. She has also appeared as a soloist with the La Jolla Symphony, Boulder Bach Festival, Exsultemus Period Ensemble, Emmanuel Music, Portland Symphony, Boston Civic Symphony, Wellesley Symphony Orchestra and Nashua Symphony, and was 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.