Jacqueline Woodley makes her Pacific Opera Victoria debut in 2020 as Tina in the Canadian première of Jonathan Dove’s Flight.
Jacqueline created the role of the bride, Milica, in the première of Ana Sokolovic’s opera Svadba with Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, as well as subsequent Canadian and European tours and the American première of the work with Philadelphia Opera.
She also recently sang the role of Dahlia in the premiere of Scottish composer John Harris and Marjorie Chen’s M’dea Undone (co-production by Tapestry Opera and Scottish Opera). She returned to Tapestry Opera for the première of Nataliya in Aaron Gervais’ searing Oksana G. Other acclaimed performances of contemporary music include works by György Kurtág, Judith Weir and a performance with Kaija Saariaho in Washington.
Engagements in 2019/20 include Bach’s Johannespassion with The Florida Orchestra and Mendelssohn’s Psalm 43 with L’Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières.
Recent highlights include Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Waldvogel (Siegfried) and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) with the Canadian Opera Company; Belinda (Dido and Aeneas/Aeneas and Dido Purcell/Rolfe double bill) and Daphne (Apollo e Dafne) for Toronto Masque Theatre.
Other recent performances include her debut with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano; the Canadian premiere of There was a Child (Jonathan Dove) with Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic Choir; the roles of Adele (Die Fledermaus) and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) with Edmonton Opera; appearances at the Vancouver Early Music Festival and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival with Les Voix Baroques; a soprano and trumpet programme for Clavecin en Concert and La Fête de la Musique de Mont-Tremblant; and Handel’s Messiah for groups such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Aradia Ensemble, Symphony Nova Scotia and in a staged version for Against the Grain Theatre.
Jacqueline is featured in a newly released album called “Cloud Light” by Canadian-Polish composer Norbert Palej, recorded with pianist Steven Philcox and the Canadian Art Song Project. She was recently featured in a jazz mass with Christine Jensen, Chad Linsley, Adrian Vedardy, Dave Laird and the Choeur Saint-Laurent in their concert of Mass in Blue (Todd) and Summertime.
Jacqueline holds a master’s in opera from McGill University and is an alumna of the Canadian Opera Company Studio Ensemble (2010-2012).