Hailed by the New York Times for her "agile coloratura and shimmering sound" Italian-American soprano JESSICA ROSE CAMBIO is thrilling international 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).
Ms. Cambio's upcoming seasons include a reprise in the role of Nedda in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci with New Orleans Opera in their 75th Anniversary Season and a role and theater debut as Liù in Turandot with Tulsa Opera. Her 2016-2017 season included her highly anticipated role and theater debut as Nedda in Pagliacci with New York City Opera in Lincoln Center as well as a reprise of Mimì in La Bohème with Knoxville Opera and concerts with New York City Opera, New Amsterdam Opera, and Opera Naples, among others.
Her 2015-2016 engagements included several role reprises such as Mimì in La Bohème with the Semperoper Dresden and Sarasota Opera, Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata with Opera På Skäret in Sweden and West Green House Opera in Hampshire, UK, and the title role in Donizetti's Parisina d'Este with Eve Queler and the Opera Orchestra of New York. She was a featured solo artist on concerts with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and in Lincoln Center with Eve Queler and Friends presented by OONY and she was awarded performance grants from the Loren Zachary Society in Los Angeles and the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust and Gerda Lissner Foundation in New York.
Her 2014-2015 engagements included a triumphant UK debut as Mimì in the Francesca Zambello production of La Bohème at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as both Mimì and Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni in a tour throughout Europe and Asia, and Beatriz in Catán's La Hija de Rappaccini with Gotham Chamber Opera. Other notable performances included concerts with the London Concert Orchestra at Barbican Hall, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Maserati in the Forbidden Palace in Beijing, China and at Maserati in Modena, Italy with the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation.
Equally at home in the Belcanto repertoire as she is in Verismo, Cambio made her operatic debut in 2007 in New Jersey singing the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, a role she later reprised in 2009 as a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. During her time there, she also covered the title role in Anna Bolena and Monica in Respighi's La Fiamma. She sang Adina in L’elisir d’amore at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy and was a finalist in the Fondazione Arena di Verona for the title role in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda. During her time with Mannes Opera she sang the role of Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff under the baton of Joseph Colaneri of the Metropolitan Opera and Magda in Puccini's La Rondine in Tel Aviv. Cambio made her European debut in 2009 as Mimì in La Bohème with the Associazione Lirica e Concertistica Italiana (As.Li.Co.) in the theaters of Como, Brescia, Pavia, and Cremona and her professional debut in the same role in concert form with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
A seasoned concertist sought worldwide, she has performed throughout Italy at the homes of Giuseppe Verdi and Luciano Pavarotti and in honor of Mirella Freni; with the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, the 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, at Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center, with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv, and with Eve Queler and Friends in New York. With IVAI she sang Strauss' Four Last Songs and Respighi's Il Tramonto, she made her oratorio debut as the soprano soloist in Bach's Magnificat at the Duomo di Modena and has been a featured artist on NY's WQXR Classical Radio as well as on Italy's RAI 3 for a series of interviews of young successful New Yorkers.
Ms. Cambio has won numerous prizes and grants in vocal competitions worldwide from various prestigious organizations such as the Richard Tucker, George London, Gerda Lissner, Licia Albanese Puccini, Giulio Gari, Leiderkranz, and Georg Solti Foundations; As.Li.Co. in Como, Marie Kraja in Tirana, Leyla Gencer in Istanbul, the Loren Zachary Society, and Opera Index. She was a finalist in the Voci Verdiane and the Juliàn Gayarré in Pamplona, as well as a semi-finalist in Operalia, the Viñas in Barcelona, the Dallas Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Ms. Cambio has also recently offered Masterclasses and begun guest teaching for prestigious music festivals such as the International Vocal Arts Institute with her mentor and friend, Joan Dornemann of the Metropolitan Opera. In her native Providence, Cambio completed her Bachelor of Music at Rhode Island College where she recently held a public Masterclass. She holds a Master of Music from the University of Southern California and several post graduate certificates and honorary degrees from around the world and is currently pursuing her (second) Master in Italian Literature at Hunter College. 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.