Jessica Cale

Award: Sybil Tutton Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Soprano

Location: Royal College of Music


Welsh Soprano, Jessica Cale is in her final year of studies with Rosa Mannion at the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio where she is the Robert Lancaster scholar. Jessica holds a Master of Performance with distinction from the Royal College of Music, and a First Class Honours degree from Cardiff University. Jessica is hugely grateful for the support of an Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award, the Josephine Baker Trust and the Countess of Munster Trust.

Jessica’s operatic experience includes the roles of Flaminia (Haydn, Il mondo della luna); Susan (Berkeley, A Dinner Engagement); Second Bridesmaid (Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro); Despina (Mozart, Cosi fan tutte, Ryedale Festival Opera); Serpetta (Mozart, The Garden of Disguises, Ryedale Festival Opera); Dido (Purcell, Dido and Aeneas); and for the Royal College of Music Opera Scenes: Blanche (Dialogues des Carmelites, Poulenc); Tina (Flight, Dove); Fortuna (L’incoronazione de Poppea, Monteverdi); Musetta (La Boheme, Puccini); and Melisande (Pelleas et Melisande, Debussy). Jessica has participated in Masterclasses at the RCM with Ann Murray, Gerald Finley, Edith Wiens and Roger Vignoles.

In addition to her studies, Jessica has a successful career performing as both a soloist and as an ensemble and consort singer, working regularly with many of today's leading professional ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; the Monteverdi Choir and the Gabrieli Consort. Jessica has performed as a soloist for Sir John Eliot Gardiner in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Barbican Centre, for Paul McCreesh in Purcell’s King Arthur and Fairy Queen with the Gabrieli Consort, and for Mark Padmore in Bach’s St Matthew Passion across Europe with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment. Recent notable solo engagements include Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall and Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the Berlin Philharmoniker. In 2019 Jessica gained 2nd prize at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod Pendine Voice of the Future competition.

In the coming season Jessica is looking forward to competing in the finals of two prestigious singing competitions - the London Handel Festival International Singing Competition and the 2020 Welsh Singer’s Showcase at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, the winner of which will go on to represent Wales in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2021.
Help Musicians UK have generously offered financial support for the duration of my Artist Diploma in Opera at the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio. Without this support, I would be incredibly concerned about my finances as living in London as a student is extremely expensive. The support of Help Musicians UK has been invaluable, keeping anxiety over my personal finances at bay and enabling me to concentrate on my studies and artistic output.