Hailed as an “exciting dramatic soprano” (Opera Canada) and for her “command over a powerful range of expressive emotion” (The Whole Note), Jaclyn Grossman is defining what it means to be a portfolio artist. This year, she is a Resident Artist with Pacific Opera Victoria’s Civic Engagement Residency with Vancouver Opera, and continues her Fellowship with the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Residency Program at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory.
During the 2021-2022 season, Ms. Grossman was a young artist with the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme, Banff Opera in the 21st Century, and Sewanee Summer Music Festival; during which she performed excerpts of the roles Krystyna in Two Remain, Helmwige in Die Walküre, Female Chorus in Rape of Lucretia, the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, Anne in Singing Only Softly, Littler Daughter in Proving Up, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. This past August, Ms. Grossman performed the title role in Bas-Sheve by Henech Kon, a Yiddish opera in its North American premiere with the Ashkenaz Festival, the Milken Center, UCLA, and Yiddish Summer Weimar.
A proud co-founder of Likht Ensemble, Ms. Grossman is passionate about sharing music by Jewish composers from the Holocaust. As a Jewish dramatic soprano, she is eager to explore the intersection of the Germanic repertoire and voices silenced during the Holocaust. In the 2022-2023 season, Likht Ensemble will perform recitals with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra through the Chattanooga Public Libraries, at the Royal Conservatory of Music and Schulich School of Music, and they will continue to curate and perform in the Shoah Songbook concert series with the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company. Likht Ensemble will also complete a one-week residency with Opera McGill, supporting students as they explore personal identity, sharing culture through art, and creating projects in classical music spaces. Additional recent engagements include recitals with Pacific Opera Victoria, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Sewanee Music Centre, Holy Blossom Music, and Temple Sinai.
Ms. Grossman is committed to her work with nonprofits: she believes in fostering community and empowering artists to take control of their careers. She is the Creator and Facilitator of the Association for Opera in Canada’s Artist Development Programs, including the LINK Artist Workshop Series and the RBC Artist Fellowship/Mentorship Program. These programs seek to empower artists across Canada through professional skills development. Ms. Grossman is the Founder of The Phoenix Leadership Project, a Canadian charity that promotes youth leadership education. She is also a regular facilitator with the Merigold Music Program and a Mentor with Opera InReach.
An accomplished musician, Ms. Grossman is the 2020 winner of the Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award from Temple Sinai and has received multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. She is a graduate from McGill University’s Master of Music and Graduate Diploma programs in Opera and Voice.
Ms. Grossman gratefully acknowledges her privilege to work and reside on the traditional territories of the Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Anishinaabe Peoples, and the Treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit.