About

Jessica Kosmin is known for her incredible versatility and profound musical expression as a performer of operatic and sacred music.  Lauded as one of the next great American voices of her generation, Jessica is establishing herself as a powerhouse performer of contralto and dramatic mezzo-soprano roles.  Specializing in Romantic and Verismo repertoire, Jessica sings such demanding roles as Erda and Zia Principessa with a formidable power, delicate nuance, and searing depth that is rarely heard today.

In addition to flourishing in the standard repertoire, Jessica enjoys exploring the daring and eclectic styles of new music.  In 2016, she portrayed the roles of Martha White and Ma Dowling in the critically acclaimed revival of Patience & Sarah at the New York Opera Fest.  Broadway World praised Jessica for doing "very well in the double role of Patience's sister-in-law (where the two shared a lovely duet) and Sarah's mother."  Gay City News observed that Jessica's "vivid supporting turns... brought the disapproving families of Patience and Sarah to life, avoiding clichés".  Jessica has also been honored to be featured in two opera premieres: as Madame Wilczynska in the Atlanta premiere of Adam Silverman's Korczak's Orphans, and as Terentia in the Atlanta premiere of Dan Shore's The Beautiful Bridegroom.

 

The size and timbre of Jessica's voice brings a unique and exciting perspective to early music and

operetta.  Basso Buff was "enthusiastically unanimous in praise of Jessica" in her performance of Sandman (Hansel and Gretel) with Amore Opera, stating that she had one of "the biggest voices of the evening, which [she] used ably in conjunction with good stage presence, facial expression, and acting."  She epitomized the pathos of Katisha in Dances Patrelle's original production of Gilbert & Sullivan, The Ballet!, and was delightfully evil as the Sorceress in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.  She has most recently performed the role of the crude and possibly murderous Step-Mother in Warren Martin's self-described "comic oratorio" The True Story of Cinderella with Clarum Sonum.

 

On the concert stage, Jessica has performed as Alto Soloist in Bach's Cantata BWV 79 with Siren Baroque Orchestra; Handel's Messiah with One World Chamber Orchestra; and Mozart's Missa Brevis in C Major at the Bronxville Annual Choir Festival; and, most recently, Vivaldi's Gloria with Dorian Baroque.  Jessica is currently preparing to premiere some new solo music from Paula Kimper's "Song of Myself" Volume 2 at the National Opera Center.