Australian-born soprano Jaely Chamberlain has been recognized by critics as a “pitch-perfect, compelling soprano” (Berkshire Fine Arts) with “emotion that doesn’t quit, and a talented voice to match” (Writer’s Bloc). Currently based in the Mid-Atlantic Region, she has earned her reputation as an interpreter of a broad range of repertoire, possessing a special affinity for early and contemporary music.
The 2017-18 season begins with Ms. Chamberlain’s role debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Connecticut’s Salt Marsh Opera, followed by various Soprano Soloist appearances including Mozart’s Requiem with Cathedra Ensemble and the New Orchestra of Washington and Händel’s Israel in Egypt at the Washington National Cathedral. In the spring of 2018, she makes her mainstage debut with the Washington National Opera as a soloist in Francesca Zambello’s acclaimed production of Bernstein’s Candide. Click here for a full schedule of upcoming engagements.
Recent performance highlights include her role debuts as Younger Alyce in Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied with Opera Upper West at the New York Opera Festival and Musetta in La Bohème at the Crested Butte Music Festival, an all-Baroque recital program with harpsichordist George Fergus as part of the Summer Concert Series at the Washington National Cathedral, and Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen with The Gourmet Symphony. In previous seasons, she has appeared on the operatic stage as Susanna* in Le nozze di Figaro, Despina in Così fan Tutte, Feu/Princesse/Rossignol in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Cunégonde in Candide, and Mabel* in The Pirates of Penzance.
Recent concert appearances have included Soprano Soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with The Virginia Consort and Händel’s Messiah with the orchestra of the Washington Bach Consort- a yearly tradition founded by the late J. Reilly Lewis, and the longest running Messiah sing-a-long in the United States. She has performed with various ensembles as Soprano Soloist for works such as Bach’s Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, among others. Ms. Chamberlain sings regularly with the ensembles of the Washington National Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Cathedra, The District Eight, and the Washington Bach Consort and currently holds a weekly cantor and chorister position with the professional vocal octet at St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Great Falls, Virginia.
As a recitalist, Ms. Chamberlain has presented programs at the Christuskirche and Stiftskirche Sankt Peter in Salzburg Austria, the Summer Concert Series at the Washington National Cathedral, The White House Historical Association, the Tuesday Concert Series at Church of the Epiphany DC, and the Salon Recital series at Shepherd University. Programs have included ‘Ye Mighty Powers Above,’ featuring sacred and secular works by Monteverdi, Purcell, Rameau, Händel and Scarlatti, ‘France in the White House,’ a program curated by Opera Lafayette featuring French and French-inspired salon music, and ‘Neoantiquity from the British Isles to the Americas,’ featuring works by Britten, Hahn, Poulenc, Previn, Britten, Rorem, Barber and Stravinsky. In 2015, she gave a performance of Barber’s Hermit Songs with pianist Steven Schwarz, which was televised on Baltimore’s CCBC TV Network.
Ms. Chamberlain is the recipient of an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, in addition to Artist Grants from the Marion Park Lewis Foundation and Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies. She has held Young Artist residencies with Opera Lafayette, Crested Butte Music Festival, Ash Lawn Opera (now Charlottesville Opera) and Hubbard Hall Opera. Ms. Chamberlain obtained her Master of Music in Opera Performance from the Maryland Opera Studio, and her Bachelors degrees in music education and voice performance from Shepherd University.