In a recent review, soprano Jacquelynne Fontaine was hailed “elegantissima? piena di passione [full of passion]” for her portrayal of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, in Viterbo, Italy. Miss Fontaine has recently performed with orchestras ranging from the Orchestra di Roma del Lazio, to numerous Symphony Orchestras in Southern California. Last August, she performed Kathie in The Student Prince with the Pittsburgh and, this spring, she sang Violetta in La Traviata for the Rogue Valley Music Festival.
This past season, she appeared with the Old Globe Theater as the “Ragazza” in A Room with a View, Anna in The King and I for Opera North, plus recitals and orchestral appearances in southern California, and Anna in The King and I with Opera North, Charlotte in A Little Night Music with Indiana Repertory Theater, and Violetta with Tacoma Opera.
Among her operatic lead roles Miss Fontaine is found most performing Mozart heroines: Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, with the Rogue Opera in Oregon; Pamina in The Magic Flute, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, both with the Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy; and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Ilia in Idomeneo, with the USC Opera at the Thornton School of Music. At home on both the operatic and concert stage, Miss Fontaine was called “a soprano new to us, and all the more wondrous for that” by Alan Rich in his review of her Jacaranda Concert Series debut.
Recent awards include: Loren Zachary Grand National Finals top five Winner; Semi- finalist in the International Competitzione del’ Opera in Dresden; Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Western Regional Finalist; Rio Hondo Symphony “Young Artist of the Year”; and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Los Angeles, “Singer of the Year”.
In 2006, Miss Fontaine was crowned Miss California, and placed in the top ten at Miss America 2007, also winning the talent award for her performance of Puccini’s “Vissi d’arte”. She recently competed her second year of doctoral studies at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.