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Jessica Cale


Welsh Soprano, Jessica Cale is the First Prize winner of the 2020 Kathleen Ferrier Awards in addition to jointly winning the Audience Prize at the 2020 London Handel Festival Singing Competition. Jessica has a few months left of her studies with Rosa Mannion at the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio where she is the Robert Lancaster scholar. Jessica will mark the end of her time at the Royal College of Music by performing the title role of Rodelinda in July 2021. Jessica holds a Master of Performance with distinction from the Royal College of Music, and a First Class Honours degree from Cardiff University. Jessica is hugely grateful for the support of an Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award, the Josephine Baker Trust and the Countess of Munster Trust.

Jessica’s operatic experience includes the roles of Flaminia (Haydn, Il mondo della luna); Susan (Berkeley, A Dinner Engagement); Second Bridesmaid (Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro); Despina (Mozart, Cosi fan tutte, Ryedale Festival Opera); Serpetta (Mozart, The Garden of Disguises, Ryedale Festival Opera); Dido (Purcell, Dido and Aeneas); and for the Royal College of Music Opera Scenes: Blanche (Dialogues des Carmelites, Poulenc); Juliette (Romeo eat Juliette, Gounod); Poppea (L’incoronazione de Poppea, Monteverdi); Tina (Flight, Dove); Musetta (La Boheme, Puccini); and Melisande (Pelleas et Melisande, Debussy). Jessica has participated in Masterclasses at the RCM with Ann Murray, Gerald Finley, Edith Wiens and Roger Vignoles.

Prior to her studies, Jessica performed as an ensemble and consort singer with many of today's leading professional ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; the Monteverdi Choir, The Sixteen and the Gabrieli Consort. Jessica continues to work as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Gabrieli Consort. Jessica has performed as a soloist for Sir John Eliot Gardiner in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Barbican Centre, for Paul McCreesh in Purcell’s King Arthur and Fairy Queen with the Gabrieli Consort, and for Mark Padmore in Bach’s St Matthew Passion across Europe with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment. In 2019 Jessica’s solo engagements included Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall and Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the Berlin Philharmoniker. Also in 2019 Jessica gained 2nd prize at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod Pendine Voice of the Future competition.

During the coming season Jessica is looking forward to competing in the final of the 2021 Welsh Singer’s Showcase at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, the winner of which will go on to represent Wales in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2021.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys wine tasting, yoga and beach walks in her home county of Pembrokeshire. During lockdown Jessica and her partner, Dominic Brennan (Wine investment consultant), set up a new venture combining their love of music and wine. ‘Tasting Notes’ offers online wine tasting events (these will be available in person once restrictions allow that to happen!) led by Dominic at which Jessica performs musical interludes enabling participants to sit back and enjoy both wine and music.

Last updated: Aug 2021