An Arkansas native, mezzo-soprano Jade Espina is a classical singer, private voice and piano teacher, and elementary music teacher in the Boston area. She recently completed her graduate studies at Boston University, where she pursued a Master of Music in Voice Performance as a student of Penelope Bitzas. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Bachelor of Music Education-Choral Emphasis from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She has performed with multiple programs such as the Miami Music Festival Apprentice Program, Chicago Summer Opera, Up North Vocal Institute, Music & Performing Arts Renaissance in the XXI Century Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy, CU Boulder New Opera Workshop with Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer, and Brevard Music Festival.
This fall, Jade will sing as a Digital-Artist-in-Residence in the roles of Don Fernando in Promenade Opera Project's virtual production of Fidelio, as well as the role of Prince Charmant in the Animal Crossing virtual adaptation of Cendrillon with Due Donne Productions. Jade had the opportunity to perform as a part of Boston University Opera Institute’s production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress (Mother Goose), Later the Same Evening by John Musto (Estelle Oglethorpe), and The Cunning Little Vixen (Lapák). In addition to BUOI's productions, she performed with Boston University’s Chamber Orchestra and BU Singers as the soloist in John Corigliano’s Fern Hill.
A first-year teacher in the state of Massachusetts, she is working under an Initial Teacher License in Music Education at three K-5 elementary schools and BLOCKS Preschool in the Framingham Public Schools District. Ms. Espina also serves as a Voice and Piano staff member at 77 Arts Academy in Acton, MA and Maestro Musician's Academy in Lexington, MA. She is a mezzo-soprano soloist with the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Vocal Ensemble at Church on the Hill in Boston. This summer, she would have performed with the Rhode Island Civic Orchestra and Chorale as the alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem,* Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Due Donne Productions,* and Amrogia in NEMPAC Opera Project's production of Il barbiere di Siviglia.
*Canceled due to COVID-19
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