Jessica Fishenfeld

Jessica Fishenfeld

Young American soprano and actress Jessica Fishenfeld recently made her Off-Broadway debut as a “bright-voiced” (NY Times) Brünnhilde in Das Barbecü, and “triumphed” (NY Observer) in her New York City Opera debut last season as Leah in the World Premiere of Stonewall, with “clean coloratura,” (Opera News) and “spunky personality” (Opera Wire). Fishenfeld also starred in the NY Premiere of Barnum’s Bird by Libby Larsen at Circle in the Square, in addition to the World Premiere of Lovesick at National Sawdust. This season, she performs the role of Gilda in Rigoletto at THE BOX Theatre, sings in a concert of Mark Campbell’s works with New York Festival of Song, sings the role of Krysia in Heggie’s Out of Darkness, Two Remain with Miami’s Classical Music Festival’s alumni cast at the New World Center, joins Princeton Festival’s Into the Woods as the Stepmother, and kicks off next season as Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera with City Lyric Opera.

Artist Bio

Young American soprano and actress Jessica Fishenfeld recently made her Off-Broadway debut as a “bright-voiced” (NY Times) Brünnhilde in Das Barbecü, and “triumphed” (NY Observer) in her New York City Opera debut last season as Leah in the World Premiere of Stonewall, with “clean coloratura,” (Opera News) and “spunky personality” (Opera Wire). Fishenfeld also starred in the NY Premiere of Barnum’s Bird by Libby Larsen at Circle in the Square, in addition to the World Premiere of Lovesick at National Sawdust. This season, she performs the role of Gilda in Rigoletto at THE BOX Theatre, sings in a concert of Mark Campbell’s works with New York Festival of Song, sings the role of Krysia in Heggie’s Out of Darkness, Two Remain with Miami’s Classical Music Festival’s alumni cast at the New World Center, joins Princeton Festival’s Into the Woods as the Stepmother, and kicks off next season as Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera with City Lyric Opera.

 

In recent seasons, she made her Carnegie/Zankel Hall debut as soloist with The Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, appeared with the Helena Symphony as soloist in Carmina Burana and Bernstein 100!, sang with international orchestras of St. Bart’s Music Festival, Xalapa Filarmonía, and Festival Internacional de Órgano de Morelia, and guested at Birdland Jazz Club. She sang the roles of Lucia scenes from Lucia di Lammermoor at Savannah Opera, sang the role of Musetta in La Bohéme with Long Island Lyric Opera, Zerlina in Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Miami Classical Music Festival, for which she was hailed for her “crystalline and pure” voice, “large vocal range,” and “spot on comedic timing,” and was a featured soloist with Newport Music Festival, Center for Contemporary Opera, and Music for Montauk Festival.

 

Among her recent World Premieres, Fishenfeld created the roles of Kim in Eric Salzman’s Big Jim & the Small-Time Investors at Gramercy Opera and Lydia Douce in Victoria Bond’s Sirens at Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival, sang May Fielding in the North American premiere of Zandonai’s Il grillo del focolare with Teatro Grattacielo, and sang the World Premiere of Byron Wu’s Kyrie at Carnegie/Weill Hall.

 

As a Benenson Young Artist at Palm Beach Opera, her roles included Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Norina in Don Pasquale, Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Frasquita in Carmen, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Gilda in Rigoletto. Other notable performances include Dew Fairy/Gretel cover in Hansel and Gretel at Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre, Annina in La Traviata and Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Highlands Opera Studio, and Maestro Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival productions as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Carmen in concert, and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons.

 

Fishenfeld won a Semi-Finalist Prize in the 2019 Lotte Lenya Competition, and was a Quarter-Finalist in the American Traditions Competition. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music (MM), she was chosen as a finalist in the school’s 2015 Ades Vocal Competition, sang the title role in Lakmé, and performed the role of Zerlina in Kenneth Merrill’s production of Don Giovanni. At NYU Steinhardt (BM), she performed the roles of Adele in Die Fledermaus, Thea in Fiorello!, Jenny Hildebrand in Street Scene, and Clara in The Light in the Piazza.