Australian-born soprano Jaely Louise Chamberlain is an emerging performer in the Washington, D. C. Metropolitan area. Praised for her "silver-like" voice quality, "innate" musicality and "effervescent" stage presence, she is equally at home on the Opera, Concert, and Recital stages.
Ms. Chamberlain has performed most frequently as a soloist for Händel's Messiah, her most recent performance being under the baton of J. Reilly Lewis, with the orchestra of the Washington Bach Consort. Other notable concert appearances have included the soprano soloist in Mozart's Requiem in D with the Masterworks Chorale, and Bach's Cantata BWV 51 at the annual Bach Festival in Hagerstown, MD.
In the summer of 2012, Ms. Chamberlain was a participant in the Apprentice Artist Program at the Ash Lawn Opera festival, where she performed the role of First Spirit and covered the role of Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. The year prior, she spent two months studying and performing as a recitalist in Salzburg, Austria, under special invitation from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. This summer, she will be performing as Barbarina and covering the role of Susanna in Hubbard Hall Opera's production of Le Nozze di Figaro. In addition, she will be making an appearance with the Wolf Trap Opera Company in their production of Giulio Cesare.
As a current member of University of Maryland's esteemed Maryland Opera Studio, Ms. Chamberlain has had the opportunity to cover the roles of Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, and Adele in Die Fledermaus. In February, she performed the roles of Cupid and the Oracle in Jack Perla's Love/Hate: A Chamber Opera, as part of the studio's New Work Reading Series. In May of 2014, she presented a concert of opera scenes with her peers. Roles included Romilda (Serse), Rose (Lakmé), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Flora (The Turn of the Screw), and Rose (Later the Same Evening). In the Maryland Opera Studio's upcoming 2014-15 season, she will be performing the roles of Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte (November 2014), and Le Feu/La Princesse/Le Rossignol in L'Enfant et les Sortiléges (April 2015).
Jaely Turner - Soprano
As a student of Shepherd University, Ms. Chamberlain performed many leading roles on the Frank Center stage. Favorites have included Le Feu in L'Enfant et les Sortiléges, Cunégonde in Candide, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, and Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. In 2011, she was selected to perform at the dedication recitals of the W. Horton Shipley Recital Hall, and the D. Mark McCoy Rehearsal Hall, both in the University's Frank Center for the Performing Arts.
A passionate advocate for exposing younger generations to opera, Ms. Chamberlain has performed with the education outreach programs of Opera NOVA and the Opera Camerata of Washington, singing the roles of Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, and Maria in Robert Xavier Rodriguez's children's opera, Monkey See, Monkey Do. Ms. Chamberlain has also enjoyed performing in the Opera Camerata of Washington's mainstage productions. Notable roles have included Adele in Die Fledermaus, and First Lady in Die Zauberflöte.
Ms. Chamberlain is currently pursuing her Master of Music in Opera Performance at the University of Maryland, College Park, under a graduate assistantship from the Maryland Opera Studio. She currently studies voice under Carmen Balthrop.