Jessica Walker graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and has a successful career in both opera and cross-over repertoire, including opera roles at Opera North, Glyndebourne, Reis Opera Netherlands, The Châtelet Paris, Northern Ireland Opera, Mahogany Opera Group, and recently her own solo shows with Opera North, Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and at Brits Off Broadway New York.
Recent CD releases include Mercy and Grand; the Tom Waits project with composer Gavin Bryars, and The Girl I Left Behind Me, her own solo show recorded in New York by Original Cast Recordings.
Jessica has recently been awarded her doctorate with commendation from Leeds University. Her subject was ‘The Singer as Creator and Collaborator’. This year she has been a mentor for voice students on CoLab at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, and for the Jerwood Opera-writing programme at Aldeburgh Music. Her has given seminars at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at the Melbourne Conservatorium and university. She has also recently given papers at the Guildhall’s Reflective Conservatoire conference, at The International SAong, Stage and Screen conference Kansas City, and at Leeds University. As a voice teacher, Jessica is a practitioner of the accent method, which promotes low abdominal breathing and balanced airflow during phonation. She has a private teaching practice, working with students and professionals alike, and has been involved in major education projects with Opera North, Glyndebourne, Leeds University, Bregenz Festival Austria and the Shanghai Theatre Academy. She is currently a visiting research fellow at Leeds University.