Venice: voices shine in the Semiramide

Alessandro Cammarano - Le Salon Musical
24 October 2018
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La Semiramide delineata da Jessica Pratt appare come un’eroina fragile, afflitta dai fardelli del passato che una spensieratezza di facciata non possono far dimenticare; nonostante qualche appannamento nei centri la voce corre sicura in acuto e le agilità sono perfette.

Semiramde alla Fenice

Fabio Perna -
24 October 2018
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Il cast di questo spettacolo è stellare, quanto di meglio offra il belcanto di oggi. Jessica Pratt, al di là della indiscutibile e stratosferica tecnica vocale (riempie il teatro ve lo assicuro), ci ha donato una Semiramide più vicina a noi, più materna che lussuriosa, un personaggio oppresso dal suo potere, più da compatire che da condannare. Read more at

Una bella Semiramide che merita il repertorio

Il Gazettino
24 October 2018
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LIRICALa Semiramide è un'opera fluviale e incommensurabile. Quattro i personaggi fondamentali: la regina di Babilonia e il diabolico Assur, principe assiro di Belu che hanno ucciso il re Nino, Arsace, figlio di Semiramide, madre ignara e innamorata di lui, e il Coro - con un ruolo preminente anche dal punto di vista della drammaturgia che trascorre da momenti di estatica religiosità a interventi diretti nell'azione. Un universo compatto da Cherubini al melodramma romantico. Si suole considerare Semiramide un'opera restaurativa, insieme...

A regal, integral version of Semiramide in Venice

Laura Servidei - Bachtrack
23 October 2018
Jessica Pratt’s Semiramide was a stern, unsympathetic tyrant, consumed by guilt and remorse, confident in her seduction of Arsace. Her bright soprano was spectacularly high and bright in its upper register, where she concentrated her efforts, producing exciting variations with great precision. Her middle register, albeit less strong, served her well in her raging passages. During “Bel raggio lusinghier”, several male servants were serving her with lavish kisses and caresses, giving a whole new meaning to the stratospheric coloratura in the finale.

Trionfa alla Fenice la “Semiramide” di Rossini

Gilberto Mion -
21 October 2018
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Nel cast, due vette. La prima, una Jessica Pratt che offre la sua vocalità luminescente, serica e fluente alla figura di Semiramide, dominandone la tessitura negli svettanti acuti ma rimanendo salda anche quando vortica in giù.

Semiramide a Venezia e il perché di un anniversario

Pierachille Dolfini
21 October 2018
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La affronta con convinzione un cast capitanato da Jessica Pratt che mette tecnica e cuore nel personaggio della regina di Babilonia, madre prima che donna di potere nell’interpretazione del soprano australiano (che la regia vuole statica matrona, con un’acconciatura/cofana che la fa tanto simile a Joan Sutherland, storica Semiramide, ma anche alla Renata Tebaldi degli ultimi anni).

Semiramide at La Fenice, Rossini between past and future

Cesare Galla - Lettera43
20 October 2018
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Nel ruolo del titolo, l’esperta Jessica Pratt ha fatto valere la facilità ben controllata a svettare sull’acuto più che la ricchezza espressiva dei centri, risultando di impeccabile precisione nell’agilità.


Maria Teresa Giovagnoli - MTG Lirica
19 October 2018
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La regina di Babilonia è impersonata dal soprano Jessica Pratt. L’interprete canta su tutta la gamma della tessitura con generoso entusiasmo, cesellando le agilità prescritte e spingendosi molto in là sopra il rigo musicale come suole fare in scioltezza. Anche se il suo personaggio ha in sé forza e prepotenza è la donna innamorata e fragile che le risulta più congeniale, in questo caso.

The Capulets and the Montagues

Patricia Maunder - Limelight
18 September 2018
The other Australian doing great things overseas, though performing with Victorian Opera for the fifth consecutive year, Jessica Pratt also brought tremendous drama to the role of Giulietta, both as singer and actress. Even the way she turned the pages of music expressed emotion and, if I’m not mistaken, Pratt wiped away genuine tears during Hulcup’s powerful finale, as the suicidal Romeo grieves for the seemingly dead Giulietta. Though the role has less of the coloratura fireworks that made her performance in 2017’s La Sonnambula so extraordinary, she nevertheless delivered a masterclass in bel canto singing, from almost whispered phrases of extraordinary substance to towering top notes, strong and pure. Her Act I duet with Hulcup was the concert’s highlight, their voices in gorgeous harmony, as if made for each other. Pratt wore a spectacularly full-skirted white gown and gold wrap for Act I, in which Giulietta dreads her impending marriage to Tebaldo, then returned in an only slightly more subdued shimmering black ensemble for the fatal second act.

Romeo and Juliet soar in VO's Bellini without the bells and whistles

Bridget Davies - Sydney Morning Herald
16 September 2018
Pratt was at her pianissimo best in the opera's most famous piece, Oh Quante volte. She often gets the aria we're all waiting for and she doesn't disappoint. The stage was flooded with soft pink light as we were introduced to Giulietta, and Pratt began her signature virtuosic masterclass. It's a special moment when a soprano can fill a cavernous auditorium with notes so high and so quiet they make an audience lean in and gasp in awe as the singer descends. Pratt is that sort of special.

Victorian Opera: The Capulets and The Montagues review

Simon Parris - Simon Parris: Man in Chair
15 September 2018
Expectations built steadily to Pratt’s entrance, with Juliet the last of the five characters to step on stage. Having celebrated her own wedding just last month, Pratt looked luminous in fluffy white bridal gown with luxurious gold wrap. While the role of Juliet does not provide quite the level of vocal fireworks as heard in other bel canto works, Pratt was nonetheless in exquisite voice, her performance again characterised by meticulous preparation and incredible interpolated high notes.

The Bremen Musikfest delights with "The Tales of Hoffman"

Ralf Döring - Neue Oz
02 September 2018
Jessica Pratt astonishing coloratura machine as Olympia, touching as Antonia, seductive as Giulietta and closing as Stella - it is now common practice to use a single singer for all the female roles in Hoffmann's life. This is not always successful, as the characters have very different vocal challenges. Pratt, of Australian origins, however is nevertheless equally at ease in all the registers and so the four women get transformed into four complete studies on the impossible nature of love.

Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffman" at the Bremen Musikfest

Markus Wilks - Kreiszeitung
02 September 2018
With Jessica Pratt, the music festival has a singer able to personify all the female figures in a clearly distinct way. What a versatile stage presence! - whether as the shiny automaton Olympia, or mourning Antonia or even as the joyful Giulietta, this dramatic coloratura soprano fills the vault to the last arch with lyrical intimacy and vocal power.

Jessica Pratt: What I know about men

Jane Rocca - The Sydney Morning Herald
01 July 2018
Our house was always noisy and messy. Mum and Dad loved to host big dinners and Mum would take in anybody who needed help. When I was 11, our family moved to Australia from Bristol [England] to be closer to my maternal grandmother, who was already living here. Moving halfway across the world was rather traumatic for me and my siblings [brother Daniel, 39, and sister Gemma, 34]. We bonded because it really felt like us versus the world. We moved houses five times – from Toowoomba to Brisbane and then Sydney – before I decided to move to Italy 15 years ago to pursue opera.

On the Couch with Jessica Pratt

Arts Review
28 June 2018
What would you do to make a difference in the world? I think that the arts are extremely important today as we live in a world in which individuals become more connected but more isolated everyday. When people come to a live show they get to experience something as a group, it fosters a sense of community and empathy and I think that is a small way that we as artists can make a difference in the world.

The great Aussie Soprano in "Lucia di Lammermoor"

Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck - ABC
25 June 2018
Jessica Pratt is an Australian girl made good earning an amazing reputation in around the world. Jessica is home to make her Sydney Opera House debut in "Lucia di Lammermoor", and, like the great Dame Nellie Melba, Jessica also had a dessert made in her honour...
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01 January 2016
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01 June 2015
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Jessica Pratt featured on Melomano Magazine
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Andrés Moreno Mengíbar
01 November 2013
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Jessica Pratt featured on Fine Music Magazine
The world at her feet

Randolph Magri-Overend
01 August 2013
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Jessica Pratt featured on Vogue Italia
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Valentina Bonelli
12 February 2013
Regina del belcanto, l'australiana Jessica Pratt ha stregato i fans italiani con le sue appassionate eroine della lirica. Cui presta la propria voluttuosa bellezza anglosassone.


You may additionally sort the repertoire by the following keys...
Title Composer Language Productions Shows Debut
Title Composer Language Productions Shows Debut
Adelaide di Borgogna Gioacchino Rossini Italian 1 5 10 August 2011
Armida Gioacchino Rossini Italian 1 7 05 June 2010
Aureliano in Palmira Gioacchino Rossini Italian 1 4 12 August 2014
Candide Leonard Bernstein English 1 4 18 January 2012
Ciro in Babilonia Gioacchino Rossini Italian 2 6 14 July 2012
Demetrio e Polibio Gioacchino Rossini Italian 1 4 29 May 2013
Die Zauberflöte W. A. Mozart German 4 17 01 February 2011
Don Giovanni W. A. Mozart Italian 3 8 23 August 2009
Don Pasquale Gaetano Donizetti Italian 1 4 18 November 2017
Giovanna d'Arco Giuseppe Verdi Italian 1 2 18 July 2013
Giulio Cesare in Egitto Friedrich Händel Italian 1 5 20 November 2014
Guillaume Tell Gioacchino Rossini French 1 3 01 March 2013
I Capuleti e i Montecchi Vincenzo Bellini Italian 3 7 03 May 2013
I Puritani Vincenzo Bellini Italian 13 29 12 October 2008
Il Barbiere di Siviglia Gioacchino Rossini Italian 1 3 01 August 2015
Il Signor Bruschino Gioacchino Rossini Italian 1 3 21 April 2007
L'Africaine Giacomo Mayerbeer French 1 4 23 November 2013
L'elisir d'amore Gaetano Donizetti Italian 1 10 07 January 2018
La bohème Giacomo Puccini Italian 1 3 28 December 2013
La fille du régiment Gaetano Donizetti French 1 3 20 April 2017
La Juive Fromental Halévy French 1 3 16 April 2010
La Sonnambula Vincenzo Bellini Italian 10 31 14 October 2010
La Sposa di Messina Nicola Vaccaj Italian 1 1 18 July 2009
La Traviata Giuseppe Verdi Italian 2 7 17 May 2014
Le Comte d'Ory Gioacchino Rossini French 1 1 28 May 2017
Le convenienze e inconvenienze teatrali Gaetano Donizetti Italian 2 7 04 October 2009
Les contes d'Hoffmann Jacques Offenbach Italian 1 1 01 September 2018
Linda di Chamounix Gaetano Donizetti Italian 1 6 17 June 2016
Lucia di Lammermoor Gaetano Donizetti Italian 28 89 26 September 2007
Messa di Gloria Gioacchino Rossini Latin 1 2 15 August 2015
Otello Gioacchino Rossini Italian 2 5 12 July 2008
Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi Italian 7 22 04 July 2009
Roméo et Juliette Charles Gounod French 1 3 22 September 2010
Rosmonda d'Inghilterra Gaetano Donizetti Italian 2 6 09 October 2016
Semiramide Gioacchino Rossini Italian 4 14 18 October 2015
Tancredi Gioacchino Rossini Italian 2 10 20 March 2015

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