The American soprano, Jacquelyn Stucker, obtained her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Arts from Furman University (2007-2011); and her Master of Music with highest honors from Bard College Conservatory’s Vocal Arts Program (2011-2013), under the artistic direction of soprano Dawn Upshaw and pianist Kayo Iwama. She is a doctoral candidate in Vocal Performance at New England Conservatory of Music (2013-2017), where she studies privately with Lorraine Nubar.
Hailed by The Boston Globe as “glowing,” “incandescent,” and “a singing actress to be reckoned with,” Jacquelyn Stucker is being recognized internationally as a versatile singer of new and interesting repertoire ranging from concert works to opera to contemporary music.
In the 2012-2013 season, Jacquelyn Stucker created the role of Irina in the world premiere of Elena Langer’s comic opera Four Sisters and participated in I SING BEIJING as a young artist, performing selections from “白毛女,” an opera by Chinese composer 严金萱. She also performed the soprano solos in Felix Mendelssohn's Elias with the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Botstein. The 2013-2014 season saw her in role debuts as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Stephen Lord, and Merab in George Frideric Handel’s Saul with Scott Allen Jarrett.
Highlights from her 2014-2015 season include performances of Fiordiligi in W.A. Mozart's Così Fan Tutte with Stephen Lord, the eponymous role in G.F. Handel’s Theodora, and Elle in La Voix Humaine in conjunction with The Knight Foundation. Under the baton of Scott Allen Jarrett, Jacquelyn Stucker performed as the Soprano II soloist in W.A. Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with Boston’s Back Bay Chorale and made her solo debut with the Handel and Haydn Society as the soprano soloist in J.S. Bach’s Weihnachts Oratorium IV (BWV 248/4). She spent the summer of 2015 as a member of the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Artist Program, where she covered Isabel Leonard as Ada in the world premiere of Cold Mountain. An enthusiastic performer of oratorio, chamber, and concert repertoire, she is the Docia Goodwin Franklin Third Place Award winner of the 2015 Lyndon Woodside New York Oratorio Society Competition, and she performed Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Ligeti’s Aventures in Boston’s Jordan Hall with John Heiss conducting.
2015-2016 performances included solo cantata BWV 199 at Boston’s King’s Chapel, the soprano solos in Francis Poulenc's Stabat Mater and J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with Scott Allen Jarrett, Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen in Jordan Hall with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, a role debut as Bystrouška in Příhody Ilšky Bystroušky, and a gala performance with North Carolina Opera as Ada in selections from Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain. Jacquelyn Stucker was also recently named the 2015 Ruth Freehof Award winner, as well as a finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council’s New England Region auditions, and she originated the role of Meridian in the premiere of Joe Illick and Andrea Fellows Walter’s UnShakeable with the Santa Fe Opera. In the summer of 2015 at the Santa Fe Opera, she covered American soprano Ailyn Pérez as Juliette in Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, as well as the Italian Singer in Strauss’s Capriccio.
Praised for her “dark-tinged soprano with a dusky lower register,” Jacquelyn Stucker will begin a two-year appointment (2016-2019) this autumn with the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London as a Jette Parker Young Artist. Highlights of her 2016-2017 season include the soprano solos in L.v. Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with John Nelson and the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, L.v. Beethoven's Ah, perfido! with Grand Harmonie, the soprano solos in works by Christoph Graupner and J.S. Bach with the Handel and Haydn Society and Ian Watson, the roles of Gabriel and Eve in Die Schöpfung with the Back Bay Chorale and Scott Allen Jarrett, the soprano solos in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with Andrew Clark and the Harvard Collegium, the role of Francesca in The Bridges of Madison County with The Company Theater, and her Santa Fe Opera principal artist debut as Oberto in G.F. Handel’s Alcina with Harry Bicket. Also at the Santa Fe Opera in 2017, she will cover the role of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. In addition to singing in the premiere performance of James Kallembach’s sacred cantata The Most Sacred Body of Jesus, she will be the soprano soloist for a commercial recording of the work, scheduled for release in the autumn of 2017. In addition to frequently performing as a soloist throughout the season with the Handel and Haydn Society, she is featured as this season’s soprano in the Society’s Educational Outreach Quartet. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Anna Case MacKay Career Advancement Grant from the Santa Fe Opera, she was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and she is a finalist in the Southeastern Region of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions.
Noted as a “potentially major talent,” other representative operatic credits include Donna Elvira in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni and Marie in selected scenes from Alban Berg's Wozzeck. Jacquelyn Stucker also is an active translator, and is currently preparing a translation and phonetic transcription of Alban Berg's Wozzeck in for publication.
Jacquelyn Stucker is a resident of Boston, Massachusetts. She is represented worldwide by Jeffrey Larson of L2 Artists.