"Jessica Trainor employed [her] passionate, seductive [voice] to great effect in dulcet cantabile lines." The San Diego Story on Opera NEO's Armide
Mezzo-Soprano Jessica Trainor Tasucu continues her 2019 season with a return to the professional ensemble of Odyssey Opera for their season opening performance of Saint-Saëns’ Henry VIII. Future ensemble projects also include a workshop of Dan Shore’s Freedom Ride with Chicago Opera Theater, in conjunction with MassOpera.
Jessica’s recent 2019 credits include her role debut of Prince Charmant in Massenet’s Cendrillon with Opera del West. She also made her debut with NEMPAC Opera Project in their production of Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince, covering the roles of Pilot and Fox, and performing as Common Rose. Professional ensemble appearance included two productions with Odyssey Opera: Offenbach’s La belle Hélène and Strauss’ Die ägyptische Helena. Jessica also made her Beethoven Symphony No. 9 solo debut with The Harvard Musical Association, and performed selections from Schubert’s Winterreise and Schumann’s Dichterliebe in recital with critically acclaimed fortepianist, Sylvia Berry.
In 2018, Jessica performed with Promenade Opera Project as Dorothée in Massenet’s Cendrillon. She returned to MassOpera (formerly MetroWest Opera) to cover Frauenliebe in Dan Shore's The Beautiful Bridegroom. She closed out 2018 covering Prince Orlofsky in a New Year’s Eve performance of Die Fledermaus with VOX New England (formerly Worcester Schubertiade).
Jessica spent Summer 2017 with Opera NEO in San Diego, CA as a Studio Artist. She played the roles of Mélisse and Coryphe, and covered the role of Sidonie in Gluck's Armide. On her performance of Mélisse, The San Diego Story said Jessica, "employed [her] passionate, seductive [voice] to great effect in dulcet cantabile lines."
In May 2017, Jessica brought to life the role of Schaunard in MassOpera’s production of La Femme Bohème – an all female version of Puccini’s La Bohème. On her performance, The Boston Music Intelligencer said that she "completed Mimi and Rudolfo's [sic] circle with personable ease and inspired singing all around". In MassOpera's 2016 season, she sang in the featured quartet and covered the role of Alma March in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, and in their 2015 season she played the role of Seconda Cercatrice in Puccini's Suor Angelica.
Jessica maintains a solo and recital presence in the Metro Boston area. She has performed in recital as a featured artist at Longwood Towers in their monthly recital series in November 2016 and again in May 2018. In July 2016, she was the resident vocal apprentice at Vermont Music and Arts Center.
Jessica serves Christ Church Congregational, UCC in Brockton, MA as a Section Leader, and also leads mass as a cantor for the Archdiocese of Boston in South Boston (Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Peter Lithuanian, Saint Monica, and Our Lady of Good Voyage). She is a member of the voice faculty at The Instrumental Music School of Concord-Carlisle, and teaches from her home in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Jessica holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Longy Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology from Boston College. Her operatic training includes a winter session with OperaWorks, and a summer at the Atlantic Music Festival. Jessica studies with Dana Lynne Varga.