Lyric soprano Jacqueline Echols has been praised for her "dynamic range and vocal acrobatics" (Classical Voice) in theaters across the United States. Her 2016-17 season begins with her debut at The Dallas Opera as Pip in Moby Dick. Echols debuted the role last season in her company debut with Los Angeles Opera, for which Opera Today noted that "the voice of Jacqueline Echols’ Pip soared gracefully over Heggie’s orchestra, soloists and chorus." Echols performs another of Heggie's most popular works in February in her return to Washington National Opera as Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking. Echols makes her house debut at Pittsburgh Opera in April when she creates the role of Helen in the world premiere performances of The Summer King. She finishes her season in concert at the Tanglewood Festival singing Woglinde in Wagner's Das Rheingold conducted by Andris Nelsons.
Recent seasons have seen Ms. Echols with North Carolina Opera as the title role in La Traviata and Musetta in La bohème, as well as with the Glimmerglass Festival as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Giulietta in King for a Day, and Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos directed by Francesca Zambello. She made her Los Angeles Opera debut as Pip in Moby Dick in 2015. A graduate of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Echols was seen in previous seasons at the Kennedy Center as Micaëla in Carmen and Woglinde and Forest Bird in the full Ring Cycle conducted by Music Director Philippe Auguin, as the Unicorn in the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me, and as Clorinda in Rossini's La Cenerentola.
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