Hailed by The Boston Globe as “incandescent,” and “a singing actress to be reckoned with,” American Soprano Jacquelyn Stucker made a hugely impactful debut as Poppea L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, which attracted universal praise and has cemented her reputation as a true rising star.
“The task of delivering the feisty fury was left to Jacquelyn Stucker who, as a fire-and-brimstone Armida, topped the vocal honours and commanded the dramatic stage. Resplendent in shiny black latex - as fearsome as Maleficent, that ‘mistress-of-all-evil’ in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty - Stucker sang with a sparkle like the luxurious shine of rubies as Armida stamped and scorched her way through any obstacle that dared to confront her. Like the scythe she wielded with relish, Stucker’s soprano evinced a glamorous intensity with a real glint of danger. It had both bite at the top and succulence in the middle, as well as darkness at the bottom: it’s hard to imagine a soprano with the power and range more suited to embody the evil enchantress’s schizophrenic mood-swings - first she wants to destroy Rinaldo, then she wants to debauch him, seduced by his heroism and nobility.”
Opera Today, October 2019
"The cast was headed by Jacquelyn Stucker, a strikingly beautiful woman who imbued her music with a smouldering soprano tone."
Opera News, July 2022
"Stucker possesses a wonderfully expressive voice, with an interesting, colorful pallet which she used intelligently to imbue her voice with an alluring sensuality quality. Her phrasing was detailed and carefully moulded to fit the text, and displayed her fine technique to good effect. She projects her voice sensitively and clearly, and when the voice opens up, it possesses an attractive full-bodied quality, which allowed her to successfully intensify her emotional state."
Operawire, August 2022
“but for sheer sensual beauty of voice, the star of the show was the American soprano Jacquelyn Stucker – one of the Royal Opera’s exceptionally strong current crop of apprentices and clearly a name to remember.”
The Telegraph, April 2019
Jacquelyn Stucker’s Alessandro took the crown for pure vocal beauty, with top notes that exuded warmth as well as clarity and balanced phrasing.”
Bachtrack, April 2019
“Majestic aria from the American soprano Jacquelyn Stucker – taking a role originally written for a high castrato – who gilds the whole evening with her lustrous singing.”
The Independent, April 2019
Hailed by The Boston Globe as “glowing,” “incandescent,” and “a singing actress to be reckoned with,” American Soprano Jacquelyn Stucker masters a broad-ranging repertoire of concert works, recital, opera, and contemporary music. In summer 2022, she made a hugely impactful debut as Poppea L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence which attracted universal praise, and has cemented her reputation as a true rising star. This season, Stucker can be seen in a number of highly anticipated new projects: her company and role debut as Lucia in Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel at the Opéra national de Paris and Zabelle in George Benjamin’s new work, Picture A Day Like Thisdirected by Daniel Jeanneteau and Marie-Christine Soma at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House. Further appearances include her role debut as Rosalinde Die Fledermaus at the Hamburg Staatsoper and with Les Musiciens du Louvre on tour at the Teatro Real and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; and Poulenc Gloria with the Reno Philharmonic. In future seasons, Stucker makes anticipated debuts at the Dutch National Opera, Santa Fe Opera and returns to the Royal Opera House.
The 2022-23 season saw Stucker complete her residency at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and return to her alma mater, the Royal Opera House to debut Pamina Die Zauberflöte. She was also seen as Zerlina Don Giovanni and the title role in L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía; and the title role in an innovative production of Orphée et Eurydice with Ensemble Pygmalion conducted by Raphaël Pichon. Stucker’s concert engagements included Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Klaus Mäkelä and the Oslo Philharmonic; Berg Seven Early Songs with Sir Donald Runnicles and the Minnesota Orchestra; Contessa Le nozze di Figaro conducted by Raphaël Pichon with Handel and Haydn Society, Boston; Brahms Requiem conducted by Finnegan Downie Dear at the Tokyo Spring Festival and Dalila Samson and the Academy of Ancient Music for her BBC Proms debut.
Other recent highlights include exciting house and role debuts in the title role of L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence; her debut at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía as Dalinda Ariodante; Armida Rinaldo at Glyndebourne; Freia in Stefan Herheim’s production of Das Rheingold, Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Gretel Hänsel und Gretel, all at Deutsche Oper Berlin; and Azema in David Alden’s new production of Semiramide at Bayerische Staatsoper and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. As a Jette Parker Young Artist, highlights included Aphrodite in Henze Phaedra, Frasquita in Barrie Kosky’s production of Carmen - broadcast worldwide in March 2018 as part of the ROH Live Cinema Season, Alessandro in Handel Berenice, Susanna (Cover) in Le Nozze di Figaro with John Eliot Gardiner conducting, and Prilepa in The Queen of Spades under the baton of Antonio Pappano.
Her prolific concert highlights includes Strauss Vier letzte Lieder and Hansel Hänsel und Gretel with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Donald Runnicles; Hanns Eisler Deutsche Sinfonie with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester; Eurydice Orfeo et Eurydice with Washington Concert Opera; a solo recital of UK premieres of music by John Harbison, Federico Favali and Mark Kilstofte; Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica; Bach Ich habe genug (BWV 82a) with the Royal Opera House Orchestra; Strauss Vier letzte Lieder with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch; works by Graupner and Bach with the Handel and Haydn Society, and Beethoven “Ah, perfido!” with Grand Harmonie.
Stucker is a graduate of the New England Conservatory with a Doctorate in Musical Arts, and an alumna of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She was a finalist in the London Handel Society Solo Competition and in 2018 and the second-place prize-winner of the inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup; a semi-finalist in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and a National Semi-Finalist in the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
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