The Canterville Ghost at The Center for Contemporary Opera Festival, Fall 2017.
October 19th and 21st, The Kaye Playhouse. / The Kaye Playhouse

Jessica  will sing Mrs. Otis in Gordon Getty’s, The Canterville Ghost!  

Usher House/The Canterville Ghost

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National Opera Week: Savannah!
October 29, 2017-November 6, 2017. / Savannah, Georgia

Jessica is delighted to return to Savannah to sing concerts and events for National Opera Week with The Savannah Voice Festival.

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September 3-10, 2017. / New York, New York.

Ms. Best is delighted to return to the score of Jane Eyre, by Louis Karchin for a new recording! Ms. Best performed the roles of Bessie and Mary Rivers in 2016, with The Center for Contemporary Opera. The recording will be released this year on the Naxos label.


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November 19, 2017 / Carnegie Hall, New York City.

Ms. Best is delighted to make her Carnegie Hall debut as the mezzo soloist in a world premiere of International Carol Suite by composer, Mark Hayes! This beautiful Christmas suite is performed in multiple languages and brings the spirit of the season to New York City!

The Suite Sounds of Christmas


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Judas Maccabaeus, by G. F. Handel. Rochester Oratorio Society
December 2017 / Hochstein Performance Hall, Rochester, NY.

Jessica is delighted to return to the Rochester Oratorio Society to sing the mezzo soli in Handel’s oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus.


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Amahl and the Night Visitors!
January 5, 6, & 7, 2018 / Westminster Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, NY.

Ms. Best looks forward to returning to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, NY for her third season singing the role of The Mother in Menotti’s, Amahl and the Night Visitors. Matt Marco conducts the Westminster Presbyterian Choir and orchestra.

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LA OPERA! The Canterville Ghost, by Gordon Getty.
June 22-24th, 2018. / LA OPERA, Los Angeles, California.

Jessica is honored to announce her debut with LA OPERA in Gordon Getty’s, The Canterville Ghost, in the role of Mrs. Otis. The Canterville Ghost is a comic opera, based on the short story by Oscar Wilde.

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August 2018 / Savannah, Georgia

Check back soon when Ms. Best will announce what opera she will be singing in this year at The Savannah Voice Festival!

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Director: Camp Voice 2018!
August 2018 / Savannah, Georgia

Jessica is pleased to return to The Savannah Voice Festival in August 2018 to direct Camp Voice again! Camp Voice is a program that works with students ages 15-21 on opera, art song, and musical theater.


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The Finger Lakes Choral Festival: When Loves Goes Wrong. Romantic Tragedies in Opera.
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017. / Hochstein Performance, Hall. Rochester, New York.

Jessica is pleased to join The Finger Lakes Choral Festival this summer for a wonderful concert of opera’s most wonderful melodies.

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Soundspace Presents: T. J. Borden and Madison Greenstone at the South Wedge Mission
July 25th, 2017. 7:30-9 PM / South Wedge Mission

As a Co-Founder of Soundspace; a new presenting company in Rochester for contemporary music, Jessica is thrilled to premiere the first performance of Soundspace!

Soundspace will feature the dynamic cello and clarinet duo: T.J. Borden and Madison Greenstone. Jessica is thrilled to open the performance with some contemporary arias; partnering with  Dr. Beverly Smoker on piano.

The concert begins at 7:30 PM. Donations of $5-10 are welcome.

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The Light We Hold
July 30th, 2017 / Weider's Hall.

The Light We Hold is a multidisciplinary show which uses dance, poetry, and music to explore the curious characteristics of light.

Jessica is thrilled to partner with her friends; Amy Sullivan, choregrapher, and Christine Sullivan, writer.

The production is produced by Stilla Dance Co.




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Camp Voice Director: The Savannah Voice Festival
August 3-11, 2017 / Savannah, Georgia

Jessica will be the new director of Camp VOICE this summer! Camp VOICE is a part of The VOICExperience summer program in Savannah, Georgia, and The Savannah Voice Festival. Ms. Best will direct, plan curriculum, teach voice lessons, stage direct, and facilitate the program of talented students; ages 15-21.

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The Savannah Voice Festival: Funny Girl with a Gypsy Swing
August 15th, 2017 / Savannah, GA

A Quotation from The Savannah Voice Festival Website:

What happens when you combine a sublime singer in any genre and a band of instruments who can swing with equal versatility? A night you that will make you laugh, cry and stand up and dance! SVF’s most beloved mezzo-soprano, Jessica Ann Best, celebrates her 10th anniversary with the VOICE Programs by joining her favorite group of musicians in lively concert for all ages!”

with Matthew Marco, piano

Sponsored by Lynne & Charles Davis

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Nickel City Opera Gala
June 6th, 2017. 6-10pm. / The Saturn Club, Buffalo, New York.

Join Nickel City Opera as we celebrate the 9th Annual Nickel City Opera Gala Dinner! You’ll hear some of your favorite arias and have a delicious dinner at The Saturn Club!

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Center Stage Pops Symphony Orchestra: Guest Artist
April 29, 2017, 8 PM. / Linehan Chapel, Nazareth College of Rochester.

Ms. Best is delighted to join the Center Stage Pops Symphony Orchestra for their concert at Nazareth College. Jessica will be performing an arrangement  of “The Prayer,” by conductor, Anthony Bisbano.

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Almost There, A Christmas Musical. Stage Director, Performer.
Friday, December 2nd, 7 PM and Sunday, December 4th at 6 PM. / Pearce Memorial Church. North Chili, NY.

Jessica is pleased to announce her first major stage directing debut on “Almost There,” a Christmas musical at Pearce Memorial Church. Created by Michael W. Smith, Wes King, Bradley Knight and Luke Gambill. Jessica will also sing in the production.

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A Christmas Voice Carol: Savannah, GA.
December 7-12th, 2016. / Savannah, GA.

Jessica is thrilled to return to Savannah for holiday concert ball in the Dickensian style!

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Amahl and the Night Visitors
January 13, 14, and 15 2017. / Westminster Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, NY.

Jessica is thrilled to reprise her role of The Mother in G. Menotti’s, Amahl and the Night Visitors at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, NY.

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Opera Tampa Gala 2017
March 25th, 2017. / Stray Center for the Performing Arts: Carl Morsani Hall.

Jessica is honored to be a part of the Opera Tampa Gala celebrating Maestro Anton Coppola’s 100th birthday; paying homage to his work and career. She is honored to present some of his work.

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Florida Voice Project: Workshop of New Opera!
August 18-23, 2015 / Tampa, Florida.

Ms. Best will premiere and be a part of the newly curated opera for Savannah, GA.  She will premiere the title role of Alice Riley in the workshop and later during National Opera Week, 2015.

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Savannah Voice Festival: AUGUST 2015
August 2-16, 2015 / Savannah, Georgia

Ms. Best will perform as a featured artist at the Savannah Voice Festival.

Ms. Best will lead the Education and Outreach team for The Savannah Voice Festival.

For tickets and specific  information on the Savannah Voice Festival, please visit the website!

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Le Nozze di Figaro: Nickel City Opera
June 26, 2015. 7:30pm, June 28, 2015. 2:30pm. / Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St. N. Tonawanda, NY.

Ms. Best will perform the role of Marcellina with Nickel City Opera in one of the most beloved opera of all time,  Le Nozze di Figaro, by W. A. Mozart.

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Arias and Encores
March 24, 2015 / Trinity United Methodist Church, Savannah, Georgia.

Ms. Best will perform as one of the feature artists at the Savannah Voice Festival. The concert will feature the great canons of opera,  musical theater and song repertoire.

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Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica
March 20, 2015: 7:30pm, March 22, 2015: 2pm. / Lucas Theatre for the Arts, Savannah, Georgia.

Ms. Best will perform the roles of Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicci and the Abbess Suor Angelica.

This is a historic performance featuring The Savannah Voice Festival, The Savannah Music Festival and The Savannah Philharmonic.

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American Traditions Competition
Feb. 23-27th, 2015. / Savannah, Georgia

Ms. Best is Quarterfinals contestant in the American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Georgia! She will compete with nine different genres of American music in live rounds this February!

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V.O.I.C.Experience! Opera as Drama
February 8-14th, 2015 / New York City

V.O.I.C.Experience:  Opera as Drama will feature events honoring the 80th birthday celebration of its founder,  baritone, Sherrill Milnes.

Performances, master classes and gala dinners occur throughout New York City: including the NATIONAL OPERA CENTER.

Ms. Best will also lead an outreach team this week; bringing master classes and performances into the community.

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Savannah Concert Series
January 14 through January 18th, 2015 / Savannah, Georgia

In January, Ms. Best will perform a series of concerts and press events throughout the city of Savannah!

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Rochester Lyric Opera: Scenes Program
October 4, 2015: 3 pm / Lyric Theatre, 440 East Avenue, Rochester, NY.

A beautiful scenes program with the Rochester Lyric Opera in the new Lyric Theatre!

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Rochester Fringe Festival: Opera Under the Stars
September 19, 2015: 8 pm / Lyric Opera Collanade, 440 East Avenue, Rochester

Join us for the beautiful night of “Opera Under the Stars,” as part of the Rochester Lyric Opera and the Rochester Fringe Festival!

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Suddenly 10 Benefit Concert
October 3, 2015, 7 pm. / Churchville-Chili Middle School Auditorium, 139 Fairbanks Road, Churchville, NY 14428.

Jessica is honored to perform several pieces in support of Suddenly 10, a family in need. Please visit the website for information on the concert and help support this family!

Suddenly 10 Benefit Concert Poster

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Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus RV 807, Hasse: Miserere in C Minor: First Inversion
November 14, 2015: 8 pm and November 15, 2015: 3pm. / Downtown Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY.

Join Jessica as she returns as the alto soloist for First Inversion in these two beautiful Baroque masterworks!

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National Opera Week 2015: The Savannah Voice Festival
October 22nd-October 30th, 2015 / Savannah, Georgia

Ms. Best will be a part of the Savannah Voice Festival Artists for the Savannah Voice Festival, premiering the role of Jailed Alice in the new opera, Alice Ryley.

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Alice Ryley: A World Premier by Michael Ching
October 30th, 2015 / Morris Center, Savannah, Georgia.



Alice Ryley is a new opera composed by Michael Ching. Ms. Best will portray the role of Jailed Alice. This production is commissioned by the Sherrill Milnes VOICE Programs.



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Savannah Voice Festival: Alice Ryley 2016!
August 2016 / Savannah, Georgia

Jessica is so thankful to sing the title role of Alice Ryley in the new opera again this summer! Please keep checking for new dates!

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Savannah Voice Festival: Roméo and Juliette
August 2016 / Savannah, Georgia.

Jessica is thrilled to perform the role of Gertrude in Gounod’s Roméo and Juliette with the Savannah Voice Festival, August. 2016.

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Nickel City Opera: World Premiere: SHOT!
June 10 & 12, 2016. / Shea's Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY.

Jessica is delighted to be performing the role of Mrs. Foster in the world premiere of SHOT! with Nickel City Opera!

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Savannah Music Festival. Mozart in Prague: An Operatic Journey.
April 2nd, 2016. 7 p.m. / Trinity United Methodist Church

The Savannah Music Festival and the Savannah Voice Festival present a wonderful evening of Mozart! Join us for a lovely evening, narrated by Metropolitan Opera Star, Sherrill Milnes as we visit the beautiful city of Prague!

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Amahl and the Night Visitors
January 8, 2016: 7p.m., January 9 & 10: 3 p.m. / Westminster Presbyterian Church. Buffalo, NY.

Ms. Best is thrilled to be performing the role of the Mother in this wonderful Christmas Opera, by Gian-Carlo Menotti.

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Savannah Music Festival: Arias and Encores!
March 31, 2106. 6 p.m. / Christ Church. Savannah, Georgia

Join the Savannah Voice Festival and the Savannah Music Festival for a wonderful concert of Arias and Encores!

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