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  • Date Published: 2024  
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Jessica Pratt (born 20 June 1979) is an English-born Australian operatic coloratura soprano. Trained in Italy, Pratt is most recognised for her portrayal of Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, which she has performed over 100 times worldwide.

Early life
Pratt was born in Bristol on 20 June 1979. She has lived in Australia since 1991. Her father Philip is a former tenor singer who taught her to sing when she grew up. He has worked as director of music at Trinity Grammar school in Sydney. She began studying the trumpet for ten years before concentrating her studies on singing. In 2003, she won the Australian Singing Competition, which brought her to Europe, and she was subsequently invited by Gianluigi Gelmetti to continue her studies at the Rome Opera. While in Rome, she also studied under Renata Scotto at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, finally moving to Milan in 2006 to complete her studies with Lella Cuberli. Since that time, she has begun to make a career for herself in many of the world’s great opera houses.

She made it to final 40 out of 2000 selected for a place in the 2000 finals of Placido Domingo’s competition Operalia at Paris. Pratt received numerous scholarships to study internationally and has attended course at the Bel Canto School at Florence.

During the early years of her career, she performed in many smaller venues, examples being her Lucia in several Italian houses, including those in Pavia and Cremona (October 2007), then Zürich Opera House in late 2008, Florence in early 2009, and in Geneva in March 2010.[7] Other roles taken up during these years included Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello in July 2008, and Gilda in Rigoletto in Como one year later. She appeared as Amina in Bellini’s La sonnambula in Como, St. Gallen, Pavia, and Cremona in October/November 2010, followed by a run of Elvira in Doizetti’s I puritani in four smaller Italian houses in October 2010/11.

Pratt has also performed in international opera theatres and festivals including La Scala where she first sang in Donizetti’s Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali in 2011. Performances elsewhere have included those at the Teatro San Carlo (Lucia in 2011), the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Teatro La Fenice (with a Lucia in May/June 2011 and some performances as Elvira in May 2012), as well as the Vienna State Opera. Other European venues include the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, (as Mozart’s Queen of the Night) in February 2011 under Colin Davis.

In 2012 she appeared in the international television broadcast of the New Year’s Day concert at Teatro La Fenice in Venice.

She has collaborated with conductors such as Daniel Oren, Kent Nagano, Ralf Weikart, Donato Renzetti, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Wayne Marshall, Christian Thielemann, David Parry and Nello Santi.

In May 2013 Pratt received the Italian award, La Siola d’Oro, for coloratura sopranos in honour of Italian soprano Lina Pagliughi (1907–1980).

Performances in 2014 included Lucia at La Scala (February) followed by the same role in Amsterdam, Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata in Melbourne in May, and Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at La Fenice. 2015 brought a return to the role of Lucia for the Festival Internacional de Opera Alejandro Granda in Lima, Peru. At the opera houses of Rome and Florence, her role debut as Semiramide in Marseille and later in Washington DC, her debut at the Arena di Verona as Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and her role debut as Amenaide in Tancredi in Lausanne, among others.

The 2016 performances included her debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona as Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello, her debut at the ABAO Bilbao in La sonnambula, followed by performances of her highly acclaimed Lucia di Lammermoor held for Teatro Regio di Torino and Victorian Opera in Melbourne. The year also marked the addition of two new Donizetti operas to her repertoire with Linda di Chamounix performed for Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and Rosmonda d’Inghilterra first premiered in Florence with Maggio Musicale in concert form and then fully staged for the new Donizetti Festival in Bergamo. Finally, she completed the year performing the role of the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute for her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

2017 was opened with Verdi’s Rigoletto for Opera de Oviedo in Spain where she performed during the year in Las Palmas (debuting La fille du régiment), Valencia (Tancredi), Bilbao (Don Pasquale), Barcelona (debuting L’elisir d’amore) and a tour in Finland for the Savonlinna Opera Festival with Madrid’s Teatro Real (I puritani).

Scheduled staged performances include Verdi’s La traviata conducted by Roberto Abbado in Shanghai performed in February, La sonnambula in Melbourne with Victorian Opera, I puritani in Budapest and Le comte Ory in Dortmund. Other performances worth mentioning include a special concert with extracts from The Magic Flute to be held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

2018 marked her return to the New York Metropolitan with the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor and a special concert performance of Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Roberto Abbado on 12 September for the 40-year commemoration of the death of Maria Callas, to open the season for Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

In 2020, Pratt debuted in the role of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, in the 1912 original version and sung in Italian, at the Festival della Valle d’Itria.

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