Aszodi's career could best be described as genre-bounding and label-defying. The Australian-born, London-based vocalist has premiered dozens of new pieces, performed long neglected works, devised pieces, projects and festivals, sung roles from the standard operatic repertoire and collaborated with a constellation of artists from the far reaches of the musical spectrum. Her voice has been praised for its “utmost security and power” (Chicago Tribune) and in her native Australia she was described as “one of the finest actress-singers in the country” (The Age). Recent performance highlights include the world premiere of Liza Lim’s epic “Atlas of the Sky” for voice, percussion and crowd, Berio’s “Folksongs” alongside Tabea Zimmerman and Musikfabrik at Beethoven-Festwoche and in music theatre, Sondheim’s “A little Night Music” for Nederlands Reisopera.
Her voice has an unusual range, both in terms of colour and pitch, making it possible for her to perform repertoire across genres (from experimental to baroque, folk to opera) and voice types, from contralto (in signature works like Boulez' Le Marteau sans maître) to soprano (like Grisey's Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil ).
She has been a soloist with ensembles as diverse as the Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Pinchgut Opera, the Tirolean Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Opera, Sydney Chamber Opera, ICE, and in the chamber series of the San Diego and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. Her operatic roles include Eve (Stockhausen’s Dienstag aus Licht), Socrates (Satie’s Socrates), Aminta (Mozart’s Il re pastore), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Sesto (Guilio Cesare), Popova (Walton's The Bear), Rose (Elliot Carter's What Next?) and Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos).
Jessica can be heard on recording for Chandos, Ars Publica and Hospital Hill and has sung in festivals around the world, including Klangspuren, Beethoven Festival Bonn, Resonant Bodies, Vivid Sydney, Aspen Music Festival, BIFEM, the Melbourne and Adelaide Festivals, Darmstadt, Aldeburgh, Tectonics and Tanglewood. Aszodi has twice been nominated for the Australian Greenroom Awards as ‘best female operatic performer’ - in both the leading and supporting categories. She is co-director of Resonant Bodies Australia and artistic associate of BIFEM. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Queensland Conservatorium, a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California and has written scholarly articles for several books and journals.
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