Jessica Bloch is an American-born soprano and voice instructor from Sarasota, Florida, who has performed in both the United States and abroad. She has been recognized as a semi-finalist for both the 2019-2020 American Prize for Voice in the Collegiate Women’s Art Song/ Oratorio category and in the Young Artist Division of The Orpheus Vocal Competition. She was also a finalist at the 2019 Great Italian Songs Competition in New York City,
performing at the San Gennaro Festival.
Upon graduating from the University of Connecticut with her Master of Music in Vocal Performance, Jessica became a 2019 Renee Greenberg Emerging Artist with Opera Fusion in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, as well as a Guest Teaching Artist at The Out-of-Door Academy. While in her master’s program, Jessica maintained a full studio of students ages 8 to 45 who continued to work with her both through private instruction and at the Mansfield Community Center. Her own teacher at UConn, Dr. Constance Rock, has been an inspiration when it comes to how she can
make a difference in her student’s lives.
As a recent graduate, Jessica spent the past 2018-2019 season with UConn Opera Theater originating the role of Miss Johnson in Douglas Buchanan’s World Premiere of Bessie and Ma, covering Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, singing Amalia Balash in UConn Opera Outreach’s She Loves Me, and completing her Master of Music degree recital. Other operatic credits with UConn Opera Theater include Noèmie (Cendrillon), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro). After performing Susanna, Jessica has since tackled more Mozart heroine’s such as Despina (Così fan tutte) with the former Mountain Opera Company, as well as Zerlina
(Don Giovanni) and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) at the Vienna Summer Music Festival, under the baton of Maestro Christian Schulz.
In addition to the standard repertoire, Jessica has had the privilege to perform a number of contemporary opera works. In 2018, she made her debut with Hartford Opera Theater as Titania in Paul Richards’, The Loathly Lady, for their New in November Nine Festival. Previous to this, while a theatre and music student at the Florida State University, she sang the title role of Princess Marie/Princess Gray Goose in Dr. Timothy Hoekman’s Princess Gray Goose. She also sang Princess Gilda in Lori Laitman’s The Three Feathers with Florida State Opera Outreach.
This coming spring and summer 2020, Jessica looks forward to exploring more contemporary operatic works as Young Juana/Concepcion cover for Juana, composed by Carla Lucero with Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s Love for Truth Festival.