Australian vocalist Jessica Aszodi is thirsty for adventure. She is a performer of notated and improvised music, a researcher, teacher, curator and producer of music that challenges the status quo. In her genre bounding career Jessica has premiered over 70 new pieces of notated music, performed works that have lain dormant for centuries, sung a dozen roles from the standard operatic repertoire and collaborated with a constellation of artists from the far reaches of the musical palate. The New York Times has praised her “…virtuosic whimsy” while the Australian media calls her simply “…one of the finest actress-singers in the country” (The Age).
When not working on some solo project or research voyage she has performed with ensembles as diverse as ICE, the Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Pinchgut Opera, Victorian Opera, Sydney Chamber Opera, in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella series, with Bang on a Can and Wild Up, and in the chamber series of the San Diego and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. She has been a soloist on recording for Chandos, Ars Publica, Hospital Hill and Cajid and has sung in festivals around Australia and the world, including the Vivid Sydney and the Melbourne Festivals, Aldeburgh Festival (UK) and Tanglewood Festival (USA).
Jessica is an alunna of Victorian Opera's Young Artist Progam and has performed a diverse range of roles for that company, from Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Sesto (Guilio Cesare) to Popova (Walton's The Bear) and Rose (Elliot Carter's What Next?). She has degrees from the University of California and the Victorian College of the Arts where she was taught by Anna Connolly. Jessica has twice been nominated for Greenroom awards as ‘best female operatic performer’ in both the leading and supporting categories.
Jessica is in the final stage of a doctorate at the Queensland Conservatorium (Griffith University), undertaking artistic research into subjectivity in the performance of vocal music. She is the co-director, with Jane Sheldon, of the vocal festival Resonant Bodies -Australia, and an artistic associate and vocal curator of BIFEM (the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music).