"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, playing the violin and harp in orchestras through elementary school to her undergraduate degree, when she vehemently switched to singing opera. She has been described as having a "genuinely beautiful sound throughout her voice." Her repertoire includes Bel Canto, Verismo, and Contemporary operatic and concert works. She will return to the Metropolitan Opera for her second season, covering Sylvainne in The Merry Widow. Recent performances include 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 in March. She recently joined New York's Heartbeat Opera as Micaëla in their production of Carmén this past May. This Fall she will make her role debut as Hannah Glawari in Léhar's The Merry Widow with The Muses Project in Hot Springs, Arkansas, as well as reprise the role of Mimì (La Bohème) with Opera at the Madison in Long Island New York.
Ms. Sandidge joined the Metropolitan Opera this past November in their 2016/17 season, covering the role of Jano in Janácek's Jenufa. She also made her second appearance at Lincoln Center in David Geffen Hall as the Soprano soloist in the National Chorale's Messiah (Händel) Sing-in in December. Her Lincoln Center debut was just a few months prior, in May, when she performed Violetta's aria, Ah, forse è lui...Sempre libera in Rose Hall with the ISO of New York.
Of her most recent 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 made several New York and US premiere 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. Another NY premiere included singing the role of Paolina in the resurrection of Donizetti's Poliuto in which The New York Times wrote: she "... sang beautifully as Paolina, her dynamic control and expressive gesture notable throughout."
Other recent performances include her Carnegie Hall debut as Soprano in Fauré's Requiem with Manhattan Concert Productions and Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) with Long Island Opera. Other roles performed include: 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, Manhattan Concert Productions, MidAmerica Productions, New York Grand Opera, Opera Ischia, SongFest, Chelsea Opera, Lowell House Opera, Regina Opera, and the Liederkranz Opera Theater.