Hailed by the New York Times for her "agile coloratura and shimmering sound" Italian-American soprano JESSICA ROSE CAMBIO is thrilling audiences and critics alike with her, "full-bodied Italianate soprano" (WQXR, New York) and her "depth, oozing sex appeal, sudden and disarming flashes of vulnerability, impressive development of the pathos of the character throughout, powerful soprano in top form vocally and largely at ease at the top and with something spicy in the colour of the voice that makes her genuinely exciting to hear." (Bachtrack, London).
Cambio will join the Fest ensemble as resident soprano with Theater Erfurt in Germany next year and upcoming engagements thereafter include theater and role debuts as Lina in Verdi's Stiffelio at Theater Sankt Gallen in Switzerland and the title role in Puccini's Manon Lescaut with Oper Frankfurt. Her 2019 season included a New Year's Eve Gala Concert with Opera Southwest in New Mexico, a debut as Liù in the Charles Allen Klein production of Turandot with Tulsa Opera in which she, "stole the show with her exquisite performance" and a reprise in the role of Nedda in Pagliacci with New Orleans Opera.
Previous engagements include Mimì in La Bohème with Semperoper Dresden, in the Francesca Zambello production at Royal Albert Hall, as first prize winner of As.Li.Co. in the theaters of Como, Brescia, Pavia, and Cremona, with Knoxville Opera, Sarasota Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and on tour throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Other notable performances include Nedda in Pagliacci with New York City Opera, Violetta in La Traviata with Opera På Skäret in Sweden, West Green House Opera, and in Tel Aviv, Israel; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Magda in La Rondine, Alice Ford in Falstaff under the baton of Maestro Joseph Colaneri, Beatriz in Daniel Catán's La Hija de Rappaccini with Gotham Chamber Opera, and Monica in Respighi’s La Fiamma. Equally at home in the Belcanto repertoire as she is in Verismo, Cambio has made debuts in title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor, Anna Bolena, with the Fondazione Arena di Verona in Maria Stuarda, as Parisina d'Este with the Opera Orchestra of New York, and Adina in L’elisir d’amore at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
A seasoned concertist sought worldwide, she has performed throughout Italy at the homes of Giuseppe Verdi and Luciano Pavarotti, in honor of Mirella Freni and Renata Scotto, with the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Fondazione Orchestra Festival Puccini Torre del Lago, in Helsinki for the Finnish-Italian Association, in Moscow at the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre, in honor of the 70th Birthday of mezzo-soprano Elena Obratzsova with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic at Shostakovich Grand Hall, in honor of the United Nations at Carnegie Hall, with both New York City Opera and the Opera Orchestra of New York in Lincoln Center, with the Israeli Philharmonic in Tel Aviv, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra at Barbican Hall, and in honor of the Centennial of Maserati in Beijing and Modena with the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation. She sang Strauss' Four Last Songs and Respighi's Il Tramonto, made her oratorio debut as the soprano in Bach's Magnificat at the Duomo di Modena, has been featured on WQXR Classical Radio and Italy's RAI 3, La Voce di New York.
Cambio has garnered numerous prizes and grants in vocal competitions worldwide from organizations such as the Richard Tucker, George London, Gerda Lissner, Licia Albanese-Puccini, Giulio Gari, Leiderkranz, and Georg Solti Foundations, the Marie Kraja in Albania, the Leyla Gencer in Istanbul, the Loren Zachary Society, Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, and Opera Index. She was a finalist in the Voci Verdiane in Busseto and the Juliàn Gayarré in Pamplona, as well as a semi-finalist twice in Operalia, the Francisco Viñas in Barcelona, the Dallas Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She was also recently awarded a grant from the National Organization of Italian-American Women for her professional studies in Italian Literature.
In addition to performing, Cambio conducts public Masterclasses, has joined the prestigious faculty at International Vocal Arts Institute - IVAI as both a voice instructor and an Italian coach, and maintains her own private studio. In her native Providence, she completed her Bachelor of Music, and she holds a Master of Music from the University of Southern California as well as several post graduate certificates and honorary degrees from around the world. She is currently pursuing her second Master of Arts in Italian Literature. She spent many years in Italy as a star pupil of world renowned sopranos Renata Scotto and Mirella Freni and currently makes her home in New York City as a student of Diana Soviero. A dual citizen of Italy and the US, Ms. Cambio speaks English, Italian, French, Spanish, and is currently learning German.