"The ideas were delightful, from tributaries and branches, to the weedy garden with flowers struggling through; The plea of a Syrian refugee, and the diversity of language presented at the podium. It was all beautifully conceived and expertly executed. It is a jewel in time. Such interesting music. I really enjoyed being there. Thank you so much." Audience, Nancy Ward
"Congratulations on your beautiful performance and the concert. It was lovely to see how everyone approached the topic with such a unique voice and perspective and your finale with the candles was such a generous offering to the audience. I really loved it." Visual artist, Rah Saneie
“It was an amazing Evening congratulations, job well done indeed great initiative.” Audience, Helen Saberi
Canadian soprano Jacqueline Woodley has been praised for her fearless versatility, changing styles fluidly from early music to contemporary, from opera to art song. Sought after for modern works, Jacqueline created the role of Milice-Bride in the première of Ana Sokolovic’s opera, Svaba-Wedding, with Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, a production that toured Canada and Europe. She also starred in its American productions at Philadelphia Opera and San Francisco Opera. Other acclaimed performances of contemporary music include works by György Kurtág, Kaija Saariaho, Aaron Gervais and Judith Weir.
Recent performances include her Montreal Symphony debut under Kent Nagano; the Forest Bird (Siegfried), Cherubino (Marriage of Figaro) and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) for the Canadian Opera Company; Adele (Die Fledermaus) with Edmonton Opera; appearances at the Vancouver Early Music Festival and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival; the title role in Apollo e Dafne, La musique in Le Plaisir de Versailles; Handel’s Messiah for the many orchestras including National Arts Centre Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener’s Grand Philharmonic Choir and in a staged version for Against the Grain Theatre. She has been featured in Tapestry New Opera’s M’dea Undone and Oksana G. and appears frequently with Les Boréades, Edmonton Symphony, and Clavecins en Concert. Ms. Woodley holds a Master’s Degree in Opera from McGill University and is an alumna of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio. https://www.jacquelinewoodley.com/