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“Jessica Ann Best as Mrs. Otis showed just how magnificent and commanding a mezzo-soprano can be.”

-Laurence Vittes, Bachtrack
The Canterville Ghost (Mrs. Otis), LA OPERA 2018.

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"We create because it allows us to open up our souls and give life. Artists breathe life into the world by exposing their deepest sentiments and realizing their need to connect."

Event Schedule

Feb 29, 2020
Guest Artist, "Highlights from Carmen." The Binghampton Community Orchestra
The Binghampton Community Orchestra, Binghampton, NY.
Mar 23, 2020
VOICE Gala
New York, New York
Aug 1, 2020
Role Debut: Angelina, La Cenerentola, Savannah Opera
Savannah Opera, Savannah, Georgia.

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As the Stepmother in Lady swanwhite, Opera Tampa, 2019.
“Mezzo-Soprano Jessica Best gives the show’s best performance as the stepmother, who spends most of the play terrorizing Swanwhite and her servants. In her role, those unexpected melodic leaps made sense, and her paranoia and grief over a long-ago death dominate the stage.” 
-Andrew Meacham,
Tampa Bay Times

News & Press

January 10, 2020

Guest Blog Spot: Sherrill Milnes Turns 85. A Tribute.

“This week we celebrate the eighty-fifth birthday of the legendary operatic baritone Sherrill Milnes. Born on January 10, 1935 in Downers Grove, Illinois, Sherrill lived his early life on a dairy farm. His mother was the music director of the Methodist church, where Sherrill gleaned his early music education; singing hymns and playing several instruments. His father was the minister. From this grounded place, Sherrill grew up to become the most celebrated and the most recorded American opera singer of his time. To me, he is family.“

I had the awesome privilege of writing a tribute to my dear friend, Sherrill Milnes, in honor of his eighty-fifth birthday this week. A big thank you to WXXI and Mona Seghatoleslami, for giving me the opportunity to write this piece.

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December 31, 2019

New Year's Eve with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra! Jessica sings, "Broadway Through The Ages!"

Jessica is thrilled to join an excellent cast of Broadway vets as they sing 'Broadway Through The Ages,' with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra.

For more information: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/westfield/articles/broadway-stars-dancers-from-dance-theatre-of-harlem-join-njfo-for-nye-in-westfield

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