Soprano Jessica Beebe is steadily gaining international attention as an affecting interpreter of repertoire spanning over four centuries, ranging from Renaissance music to contemporary American opera. In recent seasons, she has appeared in concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of Raymond Leppard); the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra; the Princeton Festival Orchestra; the New York City Chamber Orchestra (at Carnegie Hall); Piffaro, the Renaissance Band; Trio Eos and the Folger Consort; the Delaware Symphony Orchestra; the Philadelphia Orchestra (under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin), and several other ensembles.
Ms. Beebe looks ahead to 2018 debuts with Bourbon Baroque and the Clarion Society, along with her role debut as Delilah in Handel's Samson with the Delaware Choral Society and a return to Opera Philadelphia to cover the role of Winnie in the world premiere of Sky on Swings by Lembit Beecher. Her 2017 concert commitments included return engagements with Chorale Arts Philadelphia and Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, as well as a recital program of Gerald Finzi's music ("Dies Natalis") at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.
Other titles in Ms. Beebe's classical concert repertoire include Monteverdi's Vespro della beata vergine; Vivaldi's In furore iustissma iræ; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; J. S. Bach's Mass in B minor, St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, and a wide range of cantatas; Handel's Messiah, Dixit Dominus, Jepthe, and Judas Maccabaeus; Mozart's Mass in C minor, Krönungsmesse, and Requiem; Haydn's Die Schöpfung, The Seasons, and Harmoniemesse; Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem; Fauré's Requiem; Delius's Requiem; and Orff's Carmina Burana. She has also performed late 20th & 21st-century works such as Andrea Clearfield's Alleluia; Donald McCullough's Song of the Shulamite; John Rutter's Mass for the Children; and Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light.
In the realm of classical opera, Ms. Beebe has performed the Mozart soubrette roles of Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro (the role of her 2015 debut with the Princeton Festival), Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Despina in Così fan tutte; Gluck's Euridice and Humperdinck's Gretel; 20th-century roles such as the First Niece in Peter Grimes and the First Daughter in Akhnaten, and in 17th-century repertoire, the commanding roles of La Gloire in Lully's Alceste and Purcell's Dido.
Highlights of her operatic activity including covering the role of Lila in the 2016 East Coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain and joining Norway's Bergen National Opera to cover the role of the Angel in Netia Jones' hi-tech staged production of Messiah. Ms. Beebe also made her Opera Philadelphia return in autumn 2017 to create the combined roles of Luna/Hecate in the world premiere of David Hertzberg's The Wake World.
A native of Philadelphia, Jessica Beebe earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Delaware, her Master of Music from Indiana University, and a Performance Certificate from London's Royal College of Music.