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) and “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).
Upcoming engagements in the 2019-2020 season include debuts as Alice Ford in Falstaff with Theater Osnabrück in Germany, Lina in Verdi’s Stiffelio in the St. Galler Festspiele and a festkonzert with the Orchester St. Gallen in Switzerland, and the title role in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut with Oper Frankfurt. Cambio will join the Fest ensemble at Theater Erfurt in Germany next year where she will sing the roles of Violetta in La Traviata, Nedda in Pagliacci, Manon in Manon Lescaut, and Luisa in Luisa Miller. Her 2018-2019 season included a New Year's Eve Gala with Opera Southwest in New Mexico, a debut as Liù in Turandot with Tulsa Opera, and a reprise as Nedda with New Orleans Opera.
Previous engagements include Mimì in La Bohème at the Semperoper Dresden, in Francesca Zambello's production at Royal Albert Hall, and in the theaters of Como, Brescia, Pavia, Cremona, Knoxville, Sarasota, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and on tour throughout Europe and Asia. Other notable performances include Nedda with New York City Opera, Violetta with Opera På Skäret in Sweden and West Green House in the UK, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Magda in La Rondine, Beatriz in Catán's La Hija de Rappaccini, and Monica in Respighi’s La Fiamma. Equally at home in the Belcanto repertoire, Cambio has made debuts in Lucia di Lammermoor, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda with the Fondazione Arena di Verona, and Parisina d'Este with the Opera Orchestra of New York.
A seasoned concertist, she has performed at the homes of Giuseppe Verdi and Luciano Pavarotti, in Torino, Bologna, Torre del Lago, Modena, Rome, Helsinki, Stockholm, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Bangkok, Istanbul, Tirana, in London at the Barbican, in honor of the United Nations at Carnegie Hall in New York, and for the Maserati Centennial in the Forbidden Palace in Beijing. She has sung Strauss' Four Last Songs and Respighi's Il Tramonto, made her oratorio debut in Bach's Magnificat at the Duomo di Modena, and has been featured on WQXR, La Voce di New York, and Italy's RAI 3.
Cambio has garnered prizes and grants in vocal competitions worldwide from organizations like the Richard Tucker, George London, Gerda Lissner, Licia Albanese-Puccini, Giulio Gari, Leiderkranz, and Georg Solti Foundations, Marie Kraja, Leyla Gencer, Loren Zachary Society, Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, and Opera Index. She was a finalist in the Voci Verdiane and the Juliàn Gayarré, and a semi-finalist in Operalia, Francisco Viñas, Dallas Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She was 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, teaches at the International Vocal Arts Institute, the Premiere Opera Vocal Arts Institute in Puglia, Italy, and the Fundación Ibáñez Atkinson in Santiago, Chile and maintains her own private studio. She holds a Master of Music from the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts in Italian Literature from Hunter College, and several post graduate certificates and honorary degrees from around the world. After many years in Italy as a star pupil of world renowned sopranos Renata Scotto and Mirella Freni, she currently makes her home in Berlin, Germany as a student of Diana Soviero.
Ms. Cambio is also the creator and host of OPERINA, the new opera podcast for kids, available on Spotify, Apple iTunes, and wherever you listen to your daily podcasts.