- B.M., University of Colorado
Applied Voice Lessons
Award-winning soprano Jessica Robins Milanese recent performances include the world premier of the song cycle, Turns of a Girl; a work composed for Ms. Milanese by Northwest composer, Huntley Beyer. This piece debuted in Seattle with Orchestra Seattle under the baton of George Shangrow. Other recent performances include Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate motet with the Northwest Sinfonietta, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Handel’s Messiah with the Tacoma Symphony, Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Kirkland Choral Society, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Orchestra Seattle as well as the opportunity to revisit one of her favorite characters, Susanna, (Le Nozze Di Figaro) with Tacoma Opera.
On the opera stage, Susanna, (The Marriage of Figaro), is one of Ms. Milanese favorite and most-oft performed characters. She has performed this role with Tacoma Opera, Washington East Opera, Skagit Opera and Opera Pacific. In 2008, Ms. Milanese made her debut singing the role of Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) with Tacoma Opera where she also performed the role of Héro (Béatrice et Bénédict) and Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) which was a collaborated production with the Northwest Sinfonietta. Other roles performed include Norina (Don Pasquale), Marie (Daughter of the Regiment), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Lucy (The Telephone), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), and Papagena (The Magic Flute).
During her apprenticeship with the Seattle Opera Young Artist’s Program in 2004, Ms. Milanese performed the role of Pamina in the Young Artist’s production of The Magic Flute and returned as a guest artist the following season to sing the role of Barbarina in their production of Le Nozze di Figaro.
On the concert stage, Ms. Milanese has performed as a soloist with the Tacoma Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, Bremerton Symphony, Orchestra Seattle, the Yakima Symphony, the Olympia Chamber Orchestra and the Kirkland Chorale Society. Her latest concert repertoire includes Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate motet, Orff’s Carmina Burana, praised as “ meltingly lovely” by The Kitsap Sun, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, B Minor Mass and Coffee Cantata, Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity and as well as the world premier of composer Huntley Beyer’s work, Songs of Illumination.
Ms. Milanese grew up in Missoula, Montana, received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Colorado and studied voice with William Eddy of Tacoma, Washington. She has been a member of the voice faculty at Pacific Lutheran University since 2009.