The young soprano Jessie Nguenang is a French native hailing from Angers. In May 2014 she graduated from the internationally prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia where she recently and successfully took to the stage the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte in which was said in the Philadelphia Inquirer about her performance "Nguenang navigating Fiordiligi's wide ranging arias with particular artistry". Other roles in Philadelphia have included the main role of Dulcinee in Massenet's Don Quichotte, Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, as well as some concert appearances.
This last summer Jessie earned 3rd prize at the international opera competition in Arles, France at the Concours Opera en Arles, 2013. Prior to AVA, Jessie was a scholarship recipient at the New England Conservatory in Boston which she attended for voice performance in 2009. Between 2009 and 2011 she studied singing with Marcin Habela at the Conservatoire de Lyon. In Lyon she also was taken as a resident singer at the professional international young artist program of CNIPAL where she had the opportunity to perform the lead role of Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus at the Marseille and Avignon opera houses, as well as the role of Cercatrice in Suor Angelica at the Puccini Festival at the Opera de Lyon.
Her Opera de Lyon debut was in 2010 as Lily in Porgy and Bess, a role she reprised at the Edinburgh Festival also in 2010. Jessie's original opera debut on stage was in the role of Venere in Eurydice by Perri with the Royal Conservatory of the Hague in 2008 in Holland. Other than opera, Jessie had a unique early training in the harpsichord, basso continuo, recorder, and the renaissance lute in her formative musical training at the Superior Conservatoire de Lyon and the Conservatoire de Tours.
Academy of Vocal Art
Lyon Opera Young artist program
Arles international competition
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