I've known Jessica since middle school, looking up to her in the vocal departments of Bak Middle School of the Arts and later at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. I've always seen Jessica as a strong woman, a leader, confident and radiant. She inspires me with her passion and drive for the arts, pursuing excellence in her opera career. I am so thrilled that we got to reconnect over this custom portrait session and that her awesome mom and sister came to the shoot to lend a helping hand as well. Here's a quick bio of Jessica Noronha's that I hope will give you a little insight into her busy, but wonderful, life:
Jessica Noronha grew up in south Florida, singing Southern Gospel with her family. She was raised with a deep love for music and dance and joined Palm Beach Opera at the age of 15. After graduating from the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in 2009, the young soprano moved to New York City to attend The Juilliard School, where she studied with Ms. Edith Bers.
While completing her Bachelor of Music degree, Jessica appeared in Le Donne Curiose, The Cunning Little Vixen, A Little Night Music, and many other operas, recitals, and scenes programs. She remained in the city following her graduation in 2013 and continued her studies at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, where she joined Stella Adler’s Shakespeare Intensive Program. After getting married and relocating to the Seattle area, Jessica was immediately hired by the Seattle Opera chorus. She had the opportunity to perform Adina in L’elisir d’amore at the Karen Hille Phillips Center and became an Apprentice Artist with the Tacoma Opera for their 2015-2016 season where she appeared in Don Giovanni and Threepenny Opera.
Jessica will return to the Karen Hille Phillips Center in the title role of Gretel in Hansel and Gretel this July. This August she will appear in Le Comte Ory with Seattle Opera. In October she will sing the role of Musetta in La Boheme with Tacoma Opera.