Check out my guest blog on Classical FM! WXXI.ORG!
July 24, 2017

I was so pleased to be able to write a blog  about SOUNDSPACE! You can read all about it here:

http://classical915.org/topic/classical-blog

Happy reading!

Coast to Coast! The Canterville Ghost!
February 12, 2017

New Ventures!
November 27, 2016

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Hello Everyone!
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!

SUMMER 2016:

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.

Mrs. Foster in Shot!
Mrs. Foster in Shot!

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.

Gertrude and Juliette! My dear friend, Meechot!
Gertrude and Juliette! My dear friend, Meechot!
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After our Alice Ryley Gala Dinner with Lesley Francis PR, my co-star Carl Moe and board member and friend, Danny Cohen.
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Getting dressed up for our Festival Finale!

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.

Jane Eyre fun!
Jane Eyre fun! Bessie!
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Mary Rivers

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,

Jessica

A Wonderful Winter of Music!
March 1, 2016

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!

Jessica singing at the Milnes Opera Gala, Feb. 2016.
Jessica singing at the Milnes Opera Gala, Feb. 2016.
Singing The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors at Nickel City Opera!
Singing The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors at Nickel City Opera!
Opera as Drama, Milnes Voice Programs. Feb. 2016.
Opera as Drama, Milnes Voice Programs. Feb. 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tune in to WXXI-FM 91.5 on March 20th to hear Jessica sing!
March 1, 2016

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:

Listen to Jessica sing the Lullaby from Alice Ryley!
December 7, 2015

Here is Jessica in the world premiere of Alice Ryley!

https://soundcloud.com/michael-ching-3/lullaby-10-30-15/s-t1fOh
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!

Alice Ryley in Review!
November 22, 2015
Watch Jessica sing in the LIVE STREAM of Alice Ryley! 12 PM on Oct. 28!
October 27, 2015

Watch Jessica sing on the LIVE STREAM of Alice Ryley!

10/28 at 12 PM!

http://www.dosavannah.com/article/fri-10232015-1347/live-stream-alice-ryley-ghost-opera-dress-rehearsal

Alice Ryley on the Savannah Podcast!
September 29, 2015

Listen to a wonderful podcast from Savannah Podcast by Orlando Montoya! Our composer, Michael Ching describes the opera and even shares some music!

http://savannahpodcast.com/multimedia-archive/hanging-history-in-savannah-based-opera/

 

Alice in the news!
September 9, 2015

Check out this great article on Alice Ryley!

http://www.schmopera.com/new-opera-more-singer-input-needed/

WORLD PREMIER: ALICE RYLEY!
August 31, 2015

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.

 

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Jessica is Red for Ryley!
Jessica is Red for Ryley!

For more information, please visit:

www.savannahvoicefestival.org

Jessica is featured in Classical Singer Magazine!
January 6, 2015

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.

http://www.classicalsinger.com/magazine/article.php?id=2800

Welcome to my website!
November 18, 2014

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!

Blessings,

Jessica

 

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Photography by Rebecca Johnson. Website by Matt Olpinski