Jacqueline Varsey - Dramatic Soprano
Jacqueline was born in London and trained at the Guildhall School of Music, where she was awarded an Entrance Scholarship. Whilst there she won prizes in the Liza Lehmann and Schubert competitions and she also received a bursary to study French song at Aldeburgh with Suzanne Danco and Hugue Cuenod. As is often the way with a bigger voice, hers has taken its time to develop, and as it did, Jacqueline performed roles across the soprano and mezzo repertoire: Nella (Gianni Schicchi) and Goneril (Promised End) both for ETO; Mimi -Holland Park Opera; Gretel - Garden Opera; Adele -London Festival Opera; Juliette (Count of Luxembourg) and Yum Yum both for D’Olyly Carte; and before her move to soprano repetoire: Cherubino, Rosina, Cenerentola and Carmen. She performed as a principal or cover with many of UK’s national companies and her appearances at ENO included New Ofglen/ The Handmaid’s Tale and Adjutant de Murat/ War and Peace. In contemporary opera, as well as Promised End, Jacqueline created the role of L’Apparizione in Federico Bonetti Amedola’s opera Pergolesi: L’Apparizione e Mito (Jesi Festival, Italy) and, showcased many ROH2 projects (Linbury Theatre and Brighton Festival).
During her break from opera, Jacqueline performed in oratorio and recitals. She also continued to work closely with her singing teacher, Jennie Caron, and coaches, Christopher Gould and Lada Valasova, furthering her voice’s development. This has brought her to the lyric spinto soprano repertoire and the roles of Rusalka, Jenufa and Katya Kabanova, Elisabeth (Tannhauser) as well as Tosca, La Wally, Elisabeth (Don Carlo) and Miss Jessel (Turn of the Screw).
In oratorio Jacqueline has sung Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Haydn’s Creation; Poulenc’s Gloria; Mozart’s C minor mass; Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle.
Jacqueline lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and daughter.