Lyric soprano Jacqueline Echols has been praised for her "dynamic range and vocal acrobatics" (Classical Voice) in theaters across the United States. To kick off the 2017/2018 season, Echols will perform a concert of classic opera arias along with American showtune standards from the repertoire of Gershwin and Porter with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in their season opening gala. Jacqueline will then return to the Pittsburgh Opera in her much desired portrayal of Pip in Moby Dick. Echols previously debuted the role 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." Having debuted the role to the world, Echols will then be seen in her hometown of Detroit with the Michigan Opera Theater as Helen in The Summer King. 

The highlights of her previous season include her debut at The Dallas Opera as Pip in Moby Dick. Echols performed another of Heggie's most popular works her frequent collaborators at Washington National Opera as Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking. Enjoying a double debut, Echols had made her first appearance at the Pittsburgh Opera last season when she created the role of Helen in the world premiere performances of The Summer King. Keeping with the theme of career firsts, she recently capped off the 2016/2017 with her Tanglewood Festival debut singing Woglinde in Wagner's Das Rheingold conducted by Andris Nelsons ... read full bio