Biography

Jessye Wright was among just four mezzos recently named “Upwardly Musical Artists on the Move” in Symphony Magazine’s Guide to Emerging Artists.

Upcoming seasons for Ms. Wright include Nettie Fowler (understudy) and the Principal in Carousel with Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ms. Wright recently sang Mozart’s Requiem with the National Chorale in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall; Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Chattanooga Symphony and Opera; and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de Confessore with Maestra Jane Glover and Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. Other engagements for Ms. Wright include Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall with MidAmerica Productions; the title role in Carmen at Ravinia Music Festival with Opera Theater North; and Pitti-Sing in the Mikado with Nashville Opera.

Jessye Wright's Portrait

Ms. Wright performed Meg Page in Falstaff with Maestro Emmanuel Plasson and the New York Opera Society in the Thtre Municipal de Castres, France, as well as Beethoven’s Ninth with Bozeman Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic and Mobile Symphony. She just appeared as a soloist in the International Advent Singing Festival in Vienna, Austria, as well as the Ghent Arts and Music Festival in Belgium. A past national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, Jessye received the Ardis Krainik Memorial Prize in Voice from Chicago’s National Bel Canto Foundation and won 2nd place in the International Classical Singer Competition.