Mezzo-soprano Jazmine Olwalia makes her Portland Opera debut as Sharonne Salaam in Anthony Davis’s The Central Park Five. She also joins Opera Theater of St. Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist singing Mercedes in Carmen and covering Miriam in the world premiere of Awakenings by Tobias Picker, then heads to West Edge Opera as Miss Forcible in their new production of Coraline, based on the award-winning children’s novel.
Third-prize winner of the Houston Gilbert and Sullivan Career Grant Competition, Jazmine was named a semi-finalist for the 2021 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
the central park five
as Sharonne Salaam with Portland Opera
Winner of the Pulitzer Price for Music in 2020, The Central Park Five takes us to New York City in the late 80s—when five Black and Latino teenagers were falsely accused of rape and assault, and coerced into confession, during a terrible incident that gripped the nation, and still strikes our hearts.