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).
Ms. Cambio's latest operatic season included a reprise in the role of Nedda in Pagliacci with New Orleans Opera in their 75th Anniversary Season and her role and theater debut as Liù in the Charles Allen Klein production of Turandot with Tulsa Opera in which she, "stole the show with her exquisite performance." Upcoming engagements include her highly anticipated debut as the title role in Bellini’s Norma and Mascagni’s Isabeau.
Previous seasons include Mimì in La Bohème with Semperoper Dresden, in the Francesca Zambello production at Royal Albert Hall, as first prize winner in As.Li.Co. in 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, Pine Mountain Music Festival, 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 and in honor of Mirella Freni, 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 at Rose Hall at Jazz at 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, in honor of the Centennial of Maserati in Beijing and Modena with the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation, with New Amsterdam Opera, Opera Naples, and Eve Queler and Friends. 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, and was awarded a grant from the National Organization of Italian-American Women for professional studies.
Cambio has won 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 in Operalia, the Francisco Viñas in Barcelona, the Dallas Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
In addition to performing, Ms. Cambio has begun conducting public Masterclasses as well as having joined Joan Dornemann’s prestigious faculty at the International Vocal Arts Institute IVAI as voice instructor and Italian diction coach whilst maintaining her own private studio. In her native Providence, she completed her Bachelor of Music at Rhode Island College and 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 Master of Arts in Italian Literature at Hunter College at the City University of New York. 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.