Jessica Costelloe, who performed for Irish Heritage in its “Christmas by Candlelight” concerts in 2015 and 2019, is hailed for her ‘rich, unique tone’ and ‘commanding stage presence’. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School, New York.
Her operatic roles at Juilliard included Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Genevieve in Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner and Mrs Todd in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief. For Chautauqua Opera NYC she has performed Mercedes in Carmen, Larina in Eugene Onegin, Mrs McLean in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah and Pallade in L’incoronazione di Poppea. For Banff Opera (Canada), with thanks to the Ruby Mercer Opera Award, she sang the role of Alma March in the Canadian premiere of Mark Adamo’s operatic adaptation of Little Women, and later Kate Pinkerton in Steve Tiller’s production of Madama Butterfly in Japan.
In recital Jessica made her Alice Tully Hall (NYC) debut performing Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the Juilliard Orchestra. 2016 saw her debut at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, as the mezzo soloist in Tippett’sA Child of Our Time and at St Alban’s Cathedral in Mozart’s Requiem.
Jessica was a Young Artist for Garsington Opera in both 2013 and 2014, followed by Grange Park Opera in 2015 and 2018. In 2019 she sang the role of Annina in La traviata conducted by GianlucaMarcianò at the Al Bustan Festival, Beirut, and she returned as a Young Artist to Grange Park Opera to perform in both Don Carlo and Hänsel und Gretel.