Hailed by The Boston Globe as 'glowing,' 'incandescent,' and 'a singing actress to be reckoned with,' American soprano Jacquelyn Stucker is being recognized internationally as a versatile singer of new and interesting repertoire ranging from concert works to opera to contemporary music.
Praised for her 'dark-tinged soprano with a dusky lower register,' Jacquelyn will in 2018 begin her second year as a Jette Parker Young Artist at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. This season at Covent Garden, she performs Prilepa in The Queen of Spades with Antonio Pappano conducting, Aphrodite in Henze’s Phaedra, and Alessandro in Handel’s Berenice. She will also cover Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with John Eliot Gardiner conducting, and will reprise Frasquita in Barrie Kosky’s Carmen. In the autumn of 2019, Jacquelyn will make her Glyndebourne debut as Armida in Robert Carsen’s production of Rinaldo, and she will then make her principal artist debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin as Gretel in Hansel und Gretel and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte.
Last season, she made both her Covent Garden debut and her Bayerische Staatsoper debut as Azema in David Alden’s new production of Semiramide. She also performed as Frasquita in Barrie Kosky’s production of Carmen (the production will be broadcast worldwide in March 2018 as part of the Royal Opera House’s Live Cinema Season). She was featured in recital through The Royal Opera House: a solo recital of UK premieres of music by John Harbison, Federico Favali, and Mark Kilstofte; a performance of BWV 82a with The Royal Opera House Orchestra conducted by James Hendry; and a recital with baritone Dominic Sedgwick and pianist David Gowland of Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch. She was a finalist in the London Handel Society Solo Competition and the second-place prize-winner of the inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup.
Highlights of Jacquelyn’s 2016/2017 season included the soprano solos in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with John Nelson and the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Beethoven’s “Ah, perfido!” with Grand Harmonie, the soprano solos in works by Graupner and Bach with the Handel and Haydn Society and Ian Watson, the roles of Gabriel and Eva in Die Schöpfungwith the Back Bay Chorale and Scott Allen Jarrett, the soprano solos in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with Andrew Clark and the Harvard Choruses, and her Santa Fe Opera principal artist debut as Oberto in Alcina with Harry Bicket. Also at the Santa Fe Opera in 2017 Jacquelyn covered the role of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. In addition to singing in the premiere performance of James Kallembach’s sacred cantata The Most Sacred Body of Jesus, Jacquelyn is the soprano soloist for a commercial recording of the work, scheduled for release in the Autumn of 2017. As well as frequently performing as a soloist throughout the season with the Handel and Haydn Society, Jacquelyn was featured as the 2016/2017 soprano in the Society’s Educational Outreach Quartet. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Anna Case MacKay Career Advancement Grant from the Santa Fe Opera, a semi-finalist in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and a National Semi-Finalist in the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
2015/2016 performances included solo cantata BWV 199 at Boston’s King's Chapel, the soprano solos in the Poulenc Stabat Mater and St. Matthew Passion with Scott Allen Jarrett, Schubert's "Der Hirt auf dem Felsen" in Jordan Hall with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, a role debut as Bystrouška in Příhody Ilšky Bystroušky, and a gala performance with North Carolina Opera as Ada in selections from Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain. Jacquelyn was also named the 2015 Ruth Freehof Award winner, as well as a finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council’s New England Region auditions, and she originated the role of Meridian in the premiere of Joe Illick and Andrea Fellows Walter’s UnShakeable with the Santa Fe Opera. In the summer of 2015 at the Santa Fe Opera, Jacquelyn covered American soprano Ailyn Pérez as Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, as well as the Italian Singer in Strauss’s Capriccio.
Highlights from her 2014/2015 season include performances of Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte with Stephen Lord, the eponymous role in Handel’s Theodora, and Elle in La Voix Humaine in conjunction with The Knight Foundation. Under the baton of Jarrett, Jacquelyn performed as the Soprano II soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with Boston’s Back Bay Chorale, and made her solo debut with the Handel and Haydn Society as the soprano soloist in Bach’s Weihnachts Oratorium IV. Jacquelyn spent the summer as a member of the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Artist Program, where she covered Isabel Leonard as Ada in the world premiere of Cold Mountain. An enthusiastic performer of oratorio, chamber, and concert repertoire, Jacquelyn is the Docia Goodwin Franklin Third Place Award winner of the 2015 Lyndon Woodside New York Oratorio Society Competition, and she performed Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Ligeti’s Aventures in Boston’s Jordan Hall with John Heiss conducting.
Jacquelyn enjoys an active academic career, and she graduated summa cum laude with her Doctorate of Musical Arts from New England Conservatory in May 2017. She is an avid translator and her translation and phonetic transcription of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck will be commercially available in the summer of 2019 from Pendragon Press. She graduated with highest honors from Bard College Conservatory’s Vocal Arts Program, under the artistic direction of soprano Dawn Upshaw and pianist Kayo Iwama. Jacquelyn is incredibly passionate when it comes to raising awareness about lung disease, and she works at the Foundation as the Events and Community Team Volunteer.
Jacquelyn is represented worldwide by Maria Mot and Isla Mundell-Perkins at Intermusica.