Recently praised by the Houston Chronicle for her “vibrantly sung and dramatically persuasive” interpretation, American soprano Jacqueline Noparstak is quickly emerging as one of the most sought-after leading sopranos on American and European stages.
Ms. Noparstak made her European debut involved with Opera Bilbao, Spain as the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, and will be reprising the role in May of 2013, with Opera Idaho. She recently sang Hilde Vungel, in the premiere of Martin Halpern’s chamber opera, The Scaffolding and will be singing The Woman in Halpern’s two character chamber opera, The Hour Glass, in late May. Other recent Halpern chamber operas this season include Tsuneyo’s Wife, in The Dwarf Trees, Narrator II, in The Well of Immortality.
Additional noted engagements have included Micaëla in Carmen at Natchez Opera Festival, First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Baltimore Opera, Hanna Glawarî in Die lustige Witwe for New York’s Liederkranz Opera, Arminda in La Finta Giardiniera at Little Opera Theatre of New York and Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with Saint Petersburg Opera, Opera in the Heights and Union Avenue Opera. She sang Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore for both Brooklyn Opera and Pine Mountain Music Festival and the Foreign Woman in Menotti’s The Consul at Glimmerglass Opera where the Wall Street Journal cited hers as one of the “standout performance of the evening.”
Other operatic highlights include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at New York Opera Forum, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte for O.S.H Opera, Louisa in the César Cui opera Feast in Time of a Plague heard at Little Opera Theater of New York. She has sung Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine, Héro in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict and the title roles in Floyd’s Susannah and Strauss’s Arabella. For her portrayal as the title role in Massenet’s Manon with Opera in the Heights, the Houston Chronicle stated that she “presents a convincing and sympathetic Manon: vivacious, capricious and dangerously impulsive (sung while she) tosses off Manon's gay coloratura with brightness and dexterity.”
An active concert performer, Ms. Noparstak has appeared as a soloist in Händel's Messiah with Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Mozart’s Mass in C for Delaware Valley Chorale and the Latin Lover’s Concert with Steven Blier at Glimmerglass Opera. She has also been heard in Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Jacqueline has performed numerous solo recitals, opera gala concerts and most recently a fundraising benefit for the earthquakes victims in Haiti.
The Eugene, Oregon native has been a winner of many prestigious competitions and awards, including the Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition, Liederkranz Opera Competition, and the Violetta Du Pont Competition. First place prizes were also awarded to Ms. Noparstak by the Marcella Sembrich Voice Competition, Rochester Oratorio Society's Classical Idol Competition, Marie E. Crump Vocal Arts Competition, Lois Alba Competition in Houston, and the Marcella Sembrich Competition-Kosciuszko Foundation. She was a finalist in the Gulio Gari Competition, the Gerald Lissner Competition, Opera Index and the Long Leaf Opera Competition.
In addition, she was the Grand Prize Winner of the prestigious AIMS 25th Annual Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria. The Kleine Zeitung raved of her singing saying she “earned the grand prize with her soft, warm, flexible high notes, beauty in tone and superb phrasing.”