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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

Jan 29, 2022
A Program of Sheldon Harnick with Michael Lasser and Alan Jones
Glenridge Performing Arts Center, Sarasota, FL
Feb 24, 2022
Soloist: Nazareth College Orchestra presents: Emergency Shelter Intake Form (New Operatic Work)
Nazareth College, Rochester, NY
Mar 6, 2022
Recitalist: Women Composers Concert
Beston Hall, Nazareth College. (Rochester, NY)
Mar 17, 2022
Guest Artist: VOICE EXPERIENCE and Savannah Voice Festival Concerts
Tampa, Florida/Savannah, GA
Mar 27, 2022
Fascinatin' Rhythm Returns
Rochester, NY


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

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November 5, 2021

Carmen Review: Salt Marsh Opera

The cast likewise breathed new life into these staple roles. Jessica Best’s bombastic, bleach-blonde Carmen captured the character’s indomitable spirit with a combination of a saucy attitude and an earthy mezzo-soprano voice. With Best’s wide-ranging performance background, she was able to bring more variety to the vocal colors she used as Carmen that, in turn, gave a more nuanced musical portrayal of the character.-Lee Sheridan.

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January 12, 2021

Jessica is a featured interview for "Voices of Covid," a series for The National Association of Teachers in Singing Journal.

Jessica was able to share her story with The National Association of Teachers in Singing series, "Voices of Covid," with Tim Bostwick. You may read her full interview here.

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