A beauty with emotion that doesn't quit, and a talented voice to match.”

— Evan Berkowitz, Writers Bloc

Australian-born soprano Jaely Chamberlain...

...has been recognized  by critics as a "pitch-perfect, compelling soprano" (Berkshire Fine Arts) with "emotion that doesn't quit, and a talented voice to match" (Writer's Bloc). Currently based in the Mid-Atlantic Region, she has earned her reputation as an interpreter of a broad range of repertoire, possessing a special affinity for early and contemporary music.

The 2017-18 season begins with Ms. Chamberlain's role debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Connecticut's Salt Marsh Opera, followed by various Soprano Soloist appearances including Mozart's Requiem with Cathedra Ensemble and the New Orchestra of Washington and Händel's Israel in Egypt at the Washington National Cathedral. In the spring of 2018, she debuts with the Washington National Opera as a soloist and dancer in Francesca Zambello's acclaimed production of Bernstein's Candide.  For a full schedule of Ms. Chamberlain's upcoming engagements, click here

Recent performance highlights include role debuts as Younger Alyce in Tom Cipullo's Glory Denied with Opera Upper West at the New York Opera Festival and Musetta in La bohème at the Crested Butte Music Festival, an all-Baroque recital program with harpsichordist George Fergus as part of the Summer Concert Series at the  Washington National Cathedral, and Schubert's Der Hirt auf dem Felsen with The Gourmet Symphony.  In previous seasons, she has appeared on the operatic stage as Susanna* in Le nozze di Figaro, Despina in Così fan Tutte, Feu/Princesse/Rossignol in L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, Cunégonde in Candide, and Mabel* in The Pirates of Penzance.  

Recent concert appearances have included Soprano Soloist in Mozart's Requiem with The Virginia Consort and Händel’s Messiah with the orchestra of the Washington Bach Consort- a yearly tradition founded by the late J. Reilly Lewisand the longest running Messiah sing-a-long in the United States.  She has performed with various ensembles as Soprano Soloist for works such as Bach's Magnificat, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate, ​among others.  Ms. Chamberlain sings regularly with the ensembles of the Washington National OperaWashington Concert OperaCathedra, The District Eight, and the Washington Bach Consort and currently holds a weekly cantor and chorister position with the professional vocal octet at St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Great Falls, Virginia. 

As a recitalist, Ms. Chamberlain has presented programs at the Christuskirche and  Stiftskirche Sankt Peter in Salzburg Austria, the Summer Concert Series at the  Washington National CathedralThe White House Historical Association, the Tuesday Concert Series at Church of the Epiphany DC, and the Salon Recital series at Shepherd University.  Programs have included 'Ye Mighty Powers Above,'  featuring sacred and secular works from the Baroque era, 'France in the White House,' a program curated by Opera Lafayette featuring French and French-inspired salon music, and 'Neoantiquity from the British Isles to the Americas,' featuring works from the 20th century.  In 2015, she gave a performance of Barber's Hermit Songs with pianist Steven Schwarz, which was televised on Baltimore's CCBC TV Network.

Ms. Chamberlain is the recipient of an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, in addition to Artist Grants from the Marion Park Lewis Foundation and Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies.   She has held Young Artist residencies with Opera LafayetteCrested Butte Music FestivalAsh Lawn Opera (now Charlottesville Opera) and Hubbard Hall Opera. Ms. Chamberlain obtained her Master of Music in Opera Performance from the Maryland Opera Studio, and her Bachelors degrees in music education and voice performance from Shepherd University.

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Updated September 14, 2017

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Washington National Opera: Bernstein's 'Candide'

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Soloist and Dancer

War! Earthquakes! Slavery! Disease! Very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through dozens of colorful characters, performing a witty and effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "The Best of All Possible Worlds," "Make Our Garden Grow," and "Glitter and Be Gay." Through all its hysterical scouring of 18th-century wickedness and woe, WNO's first-ever production of Candide still finds a way to move and inspire with life-affirming lessons that, surprisingly, ring just as true today.

Nicole Paiement, Conductor
Francesca Zambello, Director

Production from The Glimmerglass Festival

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