Soprano Jessica Westcott studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours). She also holds a Bachelor of Languages (French, German) from the Australian National University. She hails from the small country town of Parkes, NSW.
Jessica spent 2015/16 performing with Opera Australia’s NSW Schools Tour; delighting children from around the state in over 800 performances. Her roles for OA include Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) and Clorinda (La Cenerentola). Jessica also created the role of Amy in Bontom’s production of Chamber Pot Opera, which will head to Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August of 2017.
Further performance credits include: Meg (Little Women), Madame Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), Musetta (La Boheme), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring) and Adina (La Sonnambula – Scenes). On the concert stage Jessica has performed the Soprano Solo in Handel’s Messiah and Dvořák’s Te Deum, and in 2017 she will perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Penrith Symphony Orchesta.
In 2013 Jessica was the recipient of the BBM Youth Support Award for Music Performance, which sponsored a UK tour in that same year. She is also the recipient of the Bill Hyslop Prize (ANU) and the Patricia Lucas Music Achievement Scholarship. Jessica also founded the Rising Stars tour group that toured NSW/ACT in 2014, presenting performance workshops and concerts with high school kids.
Apart from the Conservatorium of Music, Jessica studied at the ANU School of Music and the Tyrolean Opera Program (Austria).