"Jacquelyn Wagner is something like a shooting star"
wrote Michael S. Zerban, in: Opernnetz, May 5, 2013 after her huge success as 'Suor Angelica'/"Suor Angelica" in a new production at the Opera Cologne (Will Humburg; Eva Maria Höckmayr).
And in fact - due to the beauty and illuminating power of her voice the young American soprano has rapidly gained international recognition and established herself as a first-class signer of German, French and Italian repertoire, what she presents on all main stages.
Recent highlights were e.g. her convincing portray as 'Alice'/"Falstaff" (Christoph Waltz; T. Netopil) at the Vlaamse Opera, followed by her excellent role-debut as 'Leonore'/"Fidelio" (Jan Schmidt-Garre; Otto Tausk) at Theater St. Gallen, at La Scala di Milano and the Semperoper Dresden, her role-debut as 'Marschallin' /"Der Rosenkavalier" as well as various concerts, like "Four last songs" at both Liceu Barcelona and Orchesta sinfónica de Tenerife.
The season 2018/19 included concerts with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (V. Gergiev; Andrew Manze) in Munich and Paris, followed by her outstanding success as "Euryanthe"/title role in a new production at the Theater an der Wien (Christof Loy; Constantin Trinks) and her 'Eva'/"The Mastersingers of Nuremberg" at the Salzburg Easter Festival (Christian Thielemann). The season also brought her back to the Opéra de Paris, Bastille for a new production of "Don Giovanni"/'Donna Anna' (Philippe Jordan; Ivo van Hove).
A milestone of her career was her sensational success as 'Arabella' both with public and press in a new production at De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam (Christof Loy/Marc Albrecht, a role she also interpreted before at Minnesota Opera as well as at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf (Axel Kober).
Subsequently and in a minimum of time, there followed major role-and house-debuts, like 'Pamina'/"The Magic Flute" (Constantin Trinks) and 'Fiordiligi'/"Cosi fan tutte" (Philippe Jordan; Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker) at the Opéra de Paris Bastille, 'Eva'/"The Mastersingers of Nuremberg" (Daniele Gatti) and 'Leonore'/"Fidelio" (Myung Whun-Chung) both at La Scala di Milano as well as at the Semperoper Dresden, "Giovanna d’Arco" (Will Humburg) in Bonn, 'Vitellia'/"La clemenza di Tito" at the Opéra National du Rhin (Andreas Spering), a concert version of "Feuersnot"/'Diemut' in New York Carnegie Hall, 'Contessa'/"Le nozze di Figaro" at the Staatsoper in Hamburg, 'Mim'/"La Bohème" at the Opera Cologne, 'Donna Anna' at the Munich State Opera, 'Desdemona'/"Otello" (Axel Kober; Michael Thalheimer) at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. She also returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as 'Donna Anna'/"Don Giovanni" and 'Violetta'/"La Traviata".
Future projects include her debut as 'Agathe'/"Freischütz" at Zurich Opera, her role-debut as 'Elsa'/"Lohengrin" at the Felsenreitschule Salzburg (Roland Schwab; Leslie Sagunandarajah), her return to the Opéra de Paris Bastille for the revival of "Cosi fan tutte"/'Fiordiligi', to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as 'Rosalinde'/"Die Fledermaus", as 'Tatjana'/"Eugen Onegin" to the Liceu Barcelona and as "Alcina"/title role to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf. Jacquelyn Wagner has got a significant concert-repertoire, which will lead her to both the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna (Philippe Jordan), to the London Philharmonic Orchestra as well as to Tokyo Symphony Orchestra aside various gala-concerts.
The artist started as a member at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she has sung all important parts of her repertoire including 'Pamina'/"Die Zauberflöte", 'Contessa', 'Micaela'/"Carmen"‚ 'Musetta'/"La Bohème".
Guest engagements led her to the Oper Frankfurt as 'Contessa' with "Freischütz"/'Agathe' to Toulon, as 'Donna Anna' to the Miami Opera, as 'Micaela' to the Semperoper Dresden, as 'Fiordiligi' to the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Staatstheater Stuttgart, the Vlaamse Opera Antwerp and the Opéra de Marseille, with recitals and as 'Contessa' to Tokyo and Nagoya, as 'Gutrune'/"Götterdämmerung" to the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona.
Various concerts brought her to Spain and to the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Roland Böer, "Creation"), regularly to the RSB Berlin with Beethoven’s "Symphony no. 9", "Les illuminations" and "Shéhérazade" and Florent-Schmitt’s "Psalm 47" (Marek Janowski), "Four last songs" (Vladimir Jurowski), to Gürzenich Orchestra (Alejo Perez) and most recently with Mahler’s "Symphony no. 8" (Kent Nagano) to the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.
Jacquelyn Wagner studied at the Manhattan School of Music and at the Oakland University of Michigan and won numerous international competitions like the 'International Voice Competition Francisco Vinas', the 'Voice Competition Renata Tebaldi' and the 'Panasonic Voice Competition' in New York in Alice Tully Hall. She got special mention at the 'Palm Beach Opera Competition junior division' two years in a row, and was twice a recipient of the 'Jenny Lind Society Scholarship'. She is also a recipient of a 'Fulbright Study Grant'.