An Arkansas native, mezzo-soprano Jade Espina is a classical singer, private voice and piano teacher, and middle school chorus teacher in the Boston area. Ms. Espina 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 companies in the Boston area, such as Boston Opera Collaborative, NEMPAC Opera Project, Arlington Friends of the Drama, Due Donne Productions and Promenade Opera Project. Ms. Espina has participated in 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, Ms. Espina will sing the role of Leila with Arlington Friends of the Drama in their production of Iolanthe by Gilbert and Sullivan. Last spring, Ms. Espina had the opportunity to sing the role of Ellen in Three Sisters Who are Not Sisters in a production called, "The Voice of Gertrude Stein," which also featured songs by Ned Rorem, Felix Jarrar, and Peter Dayton at the Contemporary Theatre Company in South Kingston, RI. Last year, she had the opportunity to sing with Boston Opera Collaborative in their production of, "Love in the time of..." featuring new works by living composers such as Kitty Brazelton and Tony Solitro, and songs from Schumann's Dichterliebe. She also performed 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. Ms. Espina 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 third-year teacher in the state of Massachusetts, Ms. Espina is working under an Initial Teacher License in Music Education as the Chorus Director at Cameron Middle School in the Framingham Public Schools District. Ms. Espina recently served as a Voice and Piano staff member at 77 Arts Academy in Acton, MA and Maestro Musician's Academy in Lexington, MA, but now runs own private voice and piano studio. She has performed as a mezzo-soprano soloist with the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Vocal Ensemble at Church on the Hill in Boston. During the rise of COVID-19 in 2020, 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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