Known for her "eloquent and moving" singing (Deseret News), soprano Jill Dewsnup possesses the rare type of voice that has both power and agility. Her fearless and committed acting was praised by Salt Lake City Weekly: "In an art form that too often suffers from wooden acting, Dewsnup gave a surprisingly subtle and riveting portrayal."
This season Jill performs in The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Prince Igor; makes her Carnegie Hall debut singing as a finalist in the Nico Castel International Meistersinger Competition; performs in an Opera Showcase concert at the National Opera Center in New York City; sings the role of Konstanze in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail for Delaware Valley Opera and Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra; performs the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Heritage Center Theatre in Cedar City; performs in concerts in Utah; sings a recital for the SLC Expositions Concert Series; sings a recital in Manhattan; and will perform a new music recital.
Jill was an apprentice artist for the 2012 Bel Canto at Caramoor program, where she was one of the covers for the role of Amira in the U.S. premiere of Rossini's Ciro in Babilonia. She recently performed as the Queen of the Night for Opera Company of Brooklyn and sang the Maria Callas Aria from Paul Salerni's Tony Caruso's Final Broadcast at concerts in Pennsylvania. She has also performed the Queen of the Night in two productions of The Magic Flute for dell'Arte Opera Ensemble. 2012 also saw her making her Lincoln Center debut at the Bruno Walter Auditorium as Queen Elizabeth I in Roberto Devereux with New York Opera Forum. In addition, she performed the roles of Konstanze in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail and the First Witch in Dido and Aeneas with Opera Company of Brooklyn, and the role of Giada Di Lauria in Christof Bergman's Piazza Navona with Opera Manhattan Repertory Theatre. Other recent performances included singing the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro and the compelling title role of Anna Bolena with dell'Arte Opera Ensemble.
Other operatic roles she has performed include the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica, Matilda in William Tell, and Marenka in The Bartered Bride.
For concert appearances, she has performed as the soprano soloist in: Elijah, Verdi's Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Mozart's Coronation Mass, and Handel's Messiah. She also appeared in a live television broadcast as a guest soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Jill studied voice at the Manhattan School of Music and at the University of Utah.
Photo by Shannon Langman Smith