"And as his Mimì, the original Manic Pixie Dream Girl, Jessica Sandidge spun luminous strands of silver vocalism, creating a subtle characterization that was not overwrought, yet deeply complex."
"The typical Donizetti soprano heroine requires range, power, agility, and expression, and we were pleased with all of these in Jessica Sandidge's Paolina. As with her other two triangle-mates, she started in a good place vocally and improved as the performance continued and she warmed up even more. She has a genuinely beautiful sound throughout her voice and is also a beautiful young woman."
American Soprano Jessica Sandidge grew up in California, then moved to Boston to attend graduate school at New England Conservatory. She later moved to New York to continue her pursuit of a career in opera. She joined the Metropolitan Opera roster in their 2016/17 season, covering the role of Jano in Janácek's Jenufa. In 2017 she returned to the Metropolitan Opera for her second season, covering Sylvainne in The Merry Widow, and returned again this season joining the cover cast in the premiere of Nico Muhly's Marnie.
Of her recent New York City Opera debut in Donizetti's Il Pigmalione, The New York Times wrote: "Jessica Sandidge's belated entrance as Galatea came as something of a relief, all the more so for the loveliness of her singing." Other recent performances include her St Petersburg Opera debut as Violetta (La Traviata) and she reprised the role of Mimì (Bohème) with Pittsburgh Festival Opera.
Last year she was the second soprano to perform the role of Margaret Hughes in Carlisle Floyd’s latest work, Prince of Players, which made its New York debut with Little Opera Theater of New York, a company she had previously sung with in Gluck’s rarely performed The Reformed Drunkard. Directly after that she joined the New Jersey Festival Orchestra as Violetta in their production of La Traviata. Other performances last year include: Micaëla in Heartbeat Opera's edgy production of Carmén, and her role debut as Hannah Glawari in Léhar's The Merry Widow with The Muses Project in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She also reprised the role of Mimì (La Bohème) with Long Island Lyric Opera.
Her Lincoln Center debut was in 2016 when she performed Violetta's aria, Ah, forse è lui...Sempre libera in Rose Hall with the ISO of New York. She then made her second appearance at Lincoln Center in David Geffen Hall as the Soprano soloist in the National Chorale's Messiah (Händel) Sing-in later that year.
Of her performance as Mimì with Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance, Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times wrote: "...these young singers understand Puccini’s characters, especially Jessica Sandidge, who brings a melting soprano voice and vulnerability to Mimi, the winsome seamstress stricken with tuberculosis.”
She has given several New York concert performances, such as, the soprano soloist in A Prayer for Mother Earth, composed by Ivo Antogninni with The New England Symphonic Ensemble in a world premiere performance at Carnegie Hall. This concert also included solos in Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest. Her her Carnegie Hall debut was Soprano in Fauré's Requiem with Manhattan Concert Productions.
Another notable performance was singing the role of Paolina in the resurrection of Donizetti's Poliuto with Amore Opera, in which The New York Times wrote she: "... sang beautifully as Paolina, her dynamic control and expressive gesture notable throughout."
Past performances include Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Micaëla (Carmén), Violetta (La Traviata), Nedda (Pagliacci), Mimì and Musetta (La Bohème), Freia (Das Rheingold), Janthe (Der Vampyr), Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), and Gilda (Rigoletto). She has performed with such companies as Opera New Jersey, Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance, St Petersburg Opera, Manhattan Concert Productions, MidAmerica Productions, Long island Lyric Opera, New York Grand Opera, Opera Ischia, SongFest, Chelsea Opera, Lowell House Opera, Regina Opera, and the Liederkranz Opera Theater.