I was so pleased to be able to write a blog about SOUNDSPACE! You can read all about it here:
I wish you a wonderful holiday season! I have been so blessed this year to do several world premiers, many role debuts, and even try on some new hats! I’d love to share with you what I’ve been doing this year!
This summer, I had the opprountity to premiere the role of Mrs. Foster in the world premiere of Shot! with Nickel City Opera. This opera was about the assassination of President William McKinley in Buffalo, NY. The opera was written by Persis Vehar and performed at the Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo. Click here to listen to me sing the aria, “Ida, dear…” I had such a wonderful time working on this opera with an incredible cast and crew. History in the making!
Shot! https://youtu.be/69UREXP-PJk Start time: 1:05: 24.
In August, I returned to the Savannah Voice Festival where I performed in two operas, sang several concerts and our big season Finale! Savannah has been quite a home for me throughout the year and I’m blessed by their hospitality. Here are some pictures from Roméo et Juliette (Gertrude), Alice Ryley and our concerts! There are two new videos from our concerts this summer on my video page. I am thankful to sing them with my dear friend, soprano, Shana Grossman. My wonderful pianist is Timothy Hall of Christ Church in Savannah.
NEW YORK CITY: JANE EYRE.
I absolutely loved doing Jane Eyre this fall with the Center for Contemporary Opera. Here’s a little backstage visit from Bessie and Mary Rivers! This opera was a wonderful new production by composer Louis Karchin. The performances took place at the Kaye Playhouse in Manhattan. Jane Eyre has always been one of my favorite novels and I loved bringing these characters to life. We had a stunning cast and creative team. I adored every moment.
What I am I working on now?
DIRECTING: I’m stage directing and performing in a new musical called Almost There! I love directing and am so thankful to have the opprountity to create this piece at Pearce Memorial Church. I hope to sing and direct throughout my life, Directing is wonderful because it allows me to be a musical archeologist, historian, teacher, visionary, creative and musician. I love creating something from nothing and I love thinking outside the box. This is an amazing experience and I hope to have many more in my future.
SAVANNAH: I’m off to Savannah soon to sing in a Dickensian Holiday Ball. I love Savannah and will return there in February for the American Traditions Competition!
OPERA: I return to Buffalo to sing the role of the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. I was thrilled to sing this role last year and cannot wait to sing it again. The music and the story are incredibly moving and I feel so connected to the piece. I look forward to working on it again; discovering and uncovering new things.
TEACHING: I have a private voice studio, a voice studio in the community division of Roberts Wesleyan College music school, and I also teach master classes. In October, I taught a master class in Manhattan on musical theater style for college students. I love teaching and would love to have the opportunity to work with you or your group. Please fill out the contact information form and get in touch with me about master classes and lessons.
Beautiful Moments: Honoring A Musical Legacy.
I am truly honored to be a part of Opera Tampa’s Gala honoring Maestro Anton Coppola in March of 2017. I am privileged to have had the opportunity to work on four Puccini operas with him earlier in my career and perform from some of his own works. I look forward to doing that again with him in Tampa. He is truly full of wisdom and a gracious musician.
I wish you a wonderful holiday season!
Thank you for visiting my site. I hope you’ll visit again soon!
Enjoy the season,
It has been a wonderful winter filled with many performance opportunities!
I began the new year singing one of my dream roles: the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Nickel City Opera! I hope to sing this role many times! I look forward to returning to Nickel City Opera in June to perform the world premiere of SHOT! In Feburary, I traveled to New York City to sing with some incredible singers and musicians from the Metroplitan Opera at the Milnes Opera Gala: A Winter’s Opera Night, in honor of James Morris! It was a blast! I performed the duet from Lakmé, our beautiful new duet from Alice Ryley, selections from Carmen and La Traviata and even premiered a new art song by composer, Michael Ching! It was such an incredible experience!
I look forward to springtime in Savannah for The Savannah Music Festival! But…just before I go: tune into WXXI-FM 91.5 to hear a beautiful performance of J. S. Bach’s, St. John Passion on March 20th from noon until 2pm!
I am so thankful for these opportunities and look forward to this next season of music-making!
Exciting news! The performance of the St. John Passion by J. S. Bach from April 2014 will be broadcast on Monday, March 20th at noon! The performance will be from 12-2pm!
WXXI is located in Rochester, NY and can be heard at 91.5 FM!
To listen online, please click: http://interactive.wxxi.org/listen#fmstream
This performance was conducted by David Chin.
To watch a complete video of this performance, visit my VIDEOS page!
Click here to watch the performance on YouTube:
Here is Jessica in the world premiere of Alice Ryley!
This is the beautiful lullaby from the opera, where Alice is singing to her newborn son, James. It is just moments before her baby is taken from her arms.
Michael Ching has written such beautiful music!
Check out this wonderful review of Alice Ryley!
Watch Jessica sing on the LIVE STREAM of Alice Ryley!
10/28 at 12 PM!
Listen to a wonderful podcast from Savannah Podcast by Orlando Montoya! Our composer, Michael Ching describes the opera and even shares some music!
Check out this great article on Alice Ryley!
Ms. Best is thrilled to portray the role of Jailed Alice in Michael Ching’s new opera, Alice Ryley. The opera is based on a true Savannah Ghost Story and is commissioned by The Sherrill Milnes VOICE Programs.
For more information, please visit:
Jessica is featured in the January edition of Classical Singer Magazine!
The article honors her mentor and coach, Sherrill Milnes.
To read the full article, click here:
“Lessons of a Lifetime,” by Greg Waxberg.
Thank you for visiting my new website!
I invite you to take a moment and browse each page. There is a lot of information here to help you learn more about who I am as an artist and as a teacher.
As you navigate your way around, you will notice that there are audio and video links to SoundCloud and YouTube. There are even more audio and video files to listen to on each respective website!
If you are interested in hearing more, please visit: https://soundcloud.com/jessicaabestmezzosoprano .
You will find at least fourteen pieces in various styles to choose from!
I can be found on YouTube by visiting: http://m.youtube.com/user/Joyfulsong84
I would love to have the opportunity to connect with you!
Please fill out the contact form on any page to connect with me about future engagements and events.
Thank you for visiting!
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Photography by Rebecca Johnson. Website by Matt Olpinski