In 2016, Jacqueline Dark starred as The Mother Abbess in the National Tour of The Sound of Musicbefore returning to Opera Australia as Fricka in their revival of Der Ring des Nibelungen. In 2017, she sang Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticanafor State Opera of SA (Best Female Performance – ‘Curtain Call’ Awards), the title role in Prima Donnafor the Adelaide Festival, Anna in Black Riverfor Victorian Opera/Malthouse Theatre and major concerts with the Sydney Symphony, Sydney Philharmonia and Darwin Symphony Orchestra.
In 2018, Jacqui returns to OA in The Nose, debuts with New Zealand Opera in Candide, sings Mrs Sedley in Peter Grimes for the Brisbane Festival and appears in concert with the New Zealand Symphony.
After completing a Bachelor of Physics degree, Jacqui attended the Opera Studio at the Victorian College of The Arts, graduating with First Class Honours.
Her performance experience encompasses opera, music theatre, cabaret, theatre restaurant and the concert platform - and includes the roles of Amneris (Aida), Herodias (Salome), The Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), the title role in Carmen, Dorabella (Così fan tutte), the title role and Tisbe in Cenerentola (for which she won a Green Room Award), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Rosmira (Partenope), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Green Room Award), Lady Billows (Albert Herring), Maddalena (Rigoletto) and many others.
A period as a Young Artist at the Wiener Staatsoper included the roles of Giovanna (Rigoletto), Grimgerde (Die Walküre), Mercedes (Carmen), Annina (La traviata), Ines (Il trovatore) and Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto). Other international appearances include Herodias for Opera Hong Kong and Messiahfor New Zealand Symphony.
In August 2014, Jacqui received her second consecutive Helpmann Award – for her work as Fricka in Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Jacqui will perform the role of Berenice for our 2019 production of Vivaldi's Farnace.