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Jamie Chamberlin - Soprano

Jamie Chamberlin  -  Soprano

Praised for her “shimmering tones” and “star- struck vulnerability” by Opera News, Greek-American soprano Jamie Chamberlin has been recognized for her versatility as both a singer and actress. Recently, ArtsInLA hailed her role debut as Cunegonde in Long Beach Opera?s Candide as “jaw-dropping.” In 2015, Jamie’s portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in the US premiere of Gavin Bryars? Marilyn Forever, for which she was hand-picked by LBO’s innovative director, Andreas Mitisek, firmly established her as one of the leading collaborative artists in new opera. In 2017, Jamie portrays Walt Disney’s personal nurse, Hazel George, in the US premiere of Glass? The Perfect American at Chicago Opera Theater and Long Beach Opera, followed by a role debut as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with Pacific Opera Project, and The Foreign Woman in The Consul,starring Patricia Racette at LBO. Engagements in 2018 include Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and Poulenc’s Gloria with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and a return to LBO as Dora in The Invention of Morel (a new opera by Stewart Copeland of the legendary rock band The Police), and Isolde in Frank Martin’s The Love Potion (a re-telling of the Tristan Legend).

A gifted interpreter of new music from the very start, Chamberlin made her professional debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where she sang the soprano solo in the world premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen?s Wing on Wing during the inaugural season of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Recently, Chamberlin created the powerhouse role of Elyn Saks in the world premiere of Kenneth Wells? The Center Cannot Hold (based on Saks? memoir of the same title), a co-production with UCLA and Pacific Opera Project which has garnered national attention for its impact in both the art and mental health communities. Jamie is an alumna of the prestigious Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, where her portrayal of troubled poetess Anne Sexton in Conrad Susa?s Transformations was called “spellbinding” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

As a Delos recording artist, Chamberlin?s “fresh-sounding, expressive soprano” (Opera News) has been praised for her work on Terrain of the Heart: Song Cycles of Mark Abel (2014). Jamie also created the role of Lisa on the world premiere Delos recording of Abel?s 2016 Chamber Opera, Home is a Harbor. Her one of a kind sound can also be heard during the epic water ballet scene in the 2016 Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar!

A frequent artist with Los Angeles Opera, Jamie made her solo debut singing the High Priestess in Aïda and the Cretan Woman in Idomeneo with Plácido Domingo. Jamie is a regular soloist and teaching artist in the Education and Community Programs Department at LA Opera. She has performed and taught in Music Outreach and Education programs with the LA Philharmonic, Orange County Opera, Pasadena Symphony, and Opera Santa Barbara, and in her own one-woman children’s outreach show, I Heart Opera.

She has appeared extensively with the Pasadena Symphony and Louisville Orchestra under the baton of Jorge Mester, an early champion in her career. Her repertoire has included Milhaud?s Chants de Ronsard, Poulenc?s Gloria, Adams? Grand Pianola Music, and the Soprano I solo in Mozart?s Mass in C Minor. In 2007 she made her Fort Collins Symphony debut singing Villa Lobos? Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5 and Mahler?s Fourth Symphony. Jamie has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships from organizations which include the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, First Prize in the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation, Third Prize in the Inaugural José Iturbi International Music Competition, the Pasadena Opera Guild, the Opera Buffs, the Pilsbury Foundation, and the Society of Singers. Ms. Chamberlin holds both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music Degrees from UCLA.