British mezzo-soprano Jessie Shulman is a versatile and dynamic performer praised for her "warm, velvety sound" (Lauri's List) and "plum-velvet mezzo voice" (Broadway World). With an extensive background in opera and classical repertoire, she is an avid performer of concert works with orchestra, art song, choral and chamber music.
As a professional session singer, Jessie’s voice can be heard in many major motion pictures including Frozen II, Jumanji: The Next Level, The Lion King (2019), Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ralph Breaks the Internet, A Wrinkle in Time, Bumblebee, Transformers: The Last Knight, and more. Her voice has also been featured in the national DIRECTV commercial, “More For Your Thing: Signs”. Jessie's keen musicianship, stylistic versatility, and adaptability make her invaluable to any recording or performance project.
Recent performances include Jessie’s debut with the L.A. Chamber Orchestra in January for their Baroque Conversations series, and mezzo-soprano soloist in the Duruflé Requiem with the LA Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall, in which her rendition of the ‘Pié Jesu’ was hailed as “amazing” (Seen and Heard International), and her voice "soared with melting ease.” (San Francisco Classical Voice).
Last season Jessie sang the alto solos in Handel's Messiah with the LA Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall, under the direction of maestro Grant Gershon, where she "demonstrated her vocal versatility," (LA Excites). Jessie also partnered with the acclaimed Fiato Quartet for performances of Respighi's Il Tramonto and Barber's Dover Beach, and reprised the Respighi for The Music Guild's 74th season. During the summer of 2018 Jessie made her debut with Pacific Opera Project as the "sagaciously flirtatious" (LA Times) Madama La Rose in Rossini's La gazzetta, only the second ever U.S. staging of the work. In the 17-18 season, Jessie was the featured alto soloist in the LA Master Chorale’s annual Messiah Sing-Along at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Her 16-17 season included her debut with the San Bernardino Symphony as alto soloist in Beethoven's Symphony no. 9, as well as her solo debut with the LA Master Chorale. As a regular member of the chorale, Jessie has performed at both Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, under maestros Gustavo Dudamel, Grant Gershon, Alan Gilbert, and Jeffrey Kahane. She has sung with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Other performances and projects include Jessie’s debut with Center Stage Opera as Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, a performance as mezzo-soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, and a studio recording of Ravel's song cycle Chansons madécasses set for commercial release next year.
Jessie's affinity for art song and lieder has led to many recitals and concerts, most notably as mezzo-soprano soloist for Berlioz’s orchestral song cycle Les nuits d'été with the Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra in Bristol, UK. Jessie’s interpretation of the songs of Mahler and Brahms won her the 2011 Harold Heiberg Liedersänger Preis at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Jessie is a former member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and Cincinnati Opera Chorus. She made her debut with Cincinnati Opera as Third Noble Orphan in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier in 2013.
Jessie holds a Master of Music degree in Voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she studied with Kenneth Shaw, and won the Emelie M. Dieterle Memorial Scholarship. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Opera Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), where she studied with Timothy MacDougall. While at CSULB, she won the Howard L. Still Memorial Scholarship for Opera, and the Dramatic Allied Arts Guild Scholarship for Vocal Music. Jessie has attended the OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program, and the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she performed in the Aspen Opera Theater Center production of Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles.
Born and raised in England, Jessie grew up in an extremely musical family of classical string players and singers. She moved to California in 2000, and currently resides in Los Angeles where she is a full time member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, SAG-AFTRA session singer, voice teacher, and continues to perform with various companies and projects around the United States.