Singer, writer and educator Jessica Walker works across opera, theatre, cabaret and new music. Recent performing and creative projects have taken her from the Barbican to the Adelaide Festival to Brits off Broadway New York, where her work and performances have earned her critic’s pick in the New York Times on three separate occasions in the last five years.
Current and future writing commissions include her play with songs Not Such Quiet Girls for Opera North and Leeds Playhouse, and her new opera with composer Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, in development with ROH. Future performances include Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest for Neue Opera Freiburg and Bernstein’s On the Town with director Antony McDonald in Hyogo and Tokyo.
Jessica is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2016 she was awarded her PhD with commendation from Leeds University. Her practice-led research explored ‘The Singer-actor as Creator and Collaborator: a performer-led model for new music theatre works.’ The research was carried out with the support of a bursary from the School of PCI at the University of Leeds.
Her teaching/mentoring has included seminars, workshops, talks and master-classes at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Leeds University, Winchester University, University of Melbourne, the Melbourne Conservatorium, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and a current initiative with the Jette Parker Artists at ROH. She has worked as a mentor for several organisations, including the Jerwood opera-writing scheme at Snape Maltings and the CoLab collaborative practice scheme at Trinity Laban.