Praised for her "beautiful upper range" and "sparkling tone", soprano Jessica Arielle Bloch was recently named a semi-finalist for the 2019-2020 American Prize in Art Song/Oratorio for the Women's Collegiate level, a semi-finalist for The Orpheus Competition 2020, and a finalist at the 2019 Great Italian Songs Competition. Fresh out of her collegiate education, Jessica sang Despina (Così fan tutte) as a Resident Artist with the Mountain Opera Company's inaugural season, Mozart in the Mountains, and continued as a 2019 Renee Greenberg Emerging Artist with Opera Fusion in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. At Opera Fusion she covered Nella (Gianni Schicchi) and sang in her third production of Suor Angelica as Sorella Cercatrice II. Moving into 2020, Jessica made her Boston debut singing scenes as Phoebe from A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, and Francesca from Bridges of Madison County with the up-and-coming musical theater company, The Rainbow Connection Performing Arts Company of Boston. Currently Jessica looks forward to her second Boston appearance as a femme Jonas Fogg and Ensemble for Longwood Players' The Ballad of Sweeney Todd at Chelsea Theater Works in 2021. In addition, Jessica will be making her New York City debut as a Young Artist with dell'Arte Opera Ensemble's Love For Truth Festival in 2021 as the Concepcion/Young Juana cover and Ensemble for Carla Lucero's new Spanish opera, Juana.
Past performance credits include originating the role of Miss Johnson in Douglas Buchanan’s World Premiere of Bessie and Ma; covering Belinda in Dido and Aeneas; Amalia Balash in UConn Opera Outreach’s She Loves Me; and completing her Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree recital. Jessica also made her debut with Hartford Opera Theater as Titania for their New in November Nine Festival, exploring Paul Richards new work, The Loathly Lady. Other operatic credits with UConn Opera Theater include Noèmie (Cendrillon), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro). After performing Susanna, Jessica has since tackled more Mozart heroine’s such as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), both under the baton of Maestro Christian Schulz at the Vienna Summer Music Festival in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Jessica has a Masters of Music degree from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Theatre and Music degree from Florida State University. During her time at the University of Connecticut, Jessica began teaching students of all ages and backgrounds. With this experience she has developed a teaching philosophy revolving around free and healthy singing. Jessica's approach is grounded in the breath, body awareness, and mental well-being, tailored individually to each student and what their needs are for a successful learning process, and for a successful musical experience.