Lauded for her “impressive clarity and color” by the New York Times, and for her “brilliant, agile soprano” by the San Diego Story, Jessica Petrus delivers intimate performances of early and new vocal chamber music.
Jessica most recently performed Unsuk Chin's whimsical Akrostischon-Wortspiel with Kettle Corn New Music and Cantata Profana in NYC, where she “sang beautifully, with strict control and expressive musicality, telling each phantom story with charming resolve” (I Care If You Listen).
In 2015, Jessica made her Spoleto USA début with her “crystal clear soprano” (Post And Courier) in Bach's St. Matthew Passion, and in Bach's B Minor Mass at the Baldwin Wallace University Bach Festival. She most recently returned from Finland where she was a Festival Artist at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival. Jessica made several notable appearances with Miami-based Seraphic Fire last year, and returned as a featured soloist at both the Central Virginia Chamber Music Festival and at the Staunton Music Festival. She frequently collaborates with the New York-based Cantata Profana, where the Boston Globe recently commended her for her “exacting and sensitive” performance. A core member of Etherea Vocal Ensemble--a chamber ensemble specializing in choral repertoire for treble voices--she can be heard as a featured soloist on their second album, Hymn To The Dawn (Delos Inc.).
Past notable performances include Gabriel in Haydn's Die Schöpfung, led by Masaaki Suzuki with the Yale Schola Cantorum and Julliard415, about which Opera News lauded her “fine lyric soprano.” She also premiered the soprano solo in Robert Kyr's The Annunciation with the Yale Camerata and performed in concert with Aaron Jay Kernis in his L'Arte Della Danssar on New Music New Haven. Jessica has premiered several solo new works by composers, including Zachary Wadsworth, Susan Kander, Jordan Kuspa, and Robert Vuichard. In 2014, she recorded songs by composer Daniel Carr, which were subsequently released on his solo works album on MSR Classics.
Jessica's 2016-17 season highlights include solo performances with the Newburyport Choral Society, Musicians of Old Post Road, Shelter Music Boston, Emmanuel Music, Henry Purcell Society of Boston, and Three Notch'd Road. She is also the founder of Skylark Spotlight Series, a recital sub series of Skylark Ensemble. Other performances this season include return appearances with True Concord, Skylark Ensemble, Etherea, and the Staunton Music Festival. She is also a featured soloist on Susan Kander's upcoming album, Hermestänz, which will release on MSR Classics at the end of 2016.
Jessica is also a passionate teacher and most recently held voice faculty positions at Choate Rosemary Hall and with the Yale Glee Club. She has given masterclasses to university students at the University of Arizona and Baldwin Wallace University. She currently makes her home in Boston, MA where she performs regularly, teaches at the Advent School, and maintains a private voice studio. When not singing, Jessica can be found trying out a new recipe in her kitchen with her husband, or taking in New England's bountiful natural beauty.