Mezzo-soprano Jazmine Olwalia has already been praised for her vocal “agility and rich tone” and as a “comedic delight”. Possessing a voice of unusual beauty with a technique to match, she is a Resident Artist at Pittsburgh Opera and has been featured this season as Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Ariodante in Ariodante, Third Wood Sprite in Rusalka, and Girl in Denis and Katya. She will return to Pittsburgh for the 2023-24 season as Priestess in Iphegénie en Tauride, Little Sister in Proving Up and Phoebe in The Passion of Mary Cardwell.
Recent engagements have been with Portland Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Wolf Trap, and Annapolis Opera in repertoire such as Carmen, Anthony Davis’ The Central Park Five, Tobias Picker’s Awakenings, Sweeney Todd and Cendrillon. Jazmine was also a proud ensemble member of the Grammy-award-winning Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera.
A placement winner of many competitions, Jazmine has received recognition from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Dallas Opera Guild Biennial Competition, George Shirley Vocal Competition,
and the Houston Gilbert and Sullivan Competition.
denis and katya
as Girl at Pittsburgh Opera
On November 14, 2016, Denis Muravyov and Katya Vlasova, fifteen-year-olds in the rural Pskov region of Russia, died after a three-day standoff with Russian Special Forces. This visceral opera uses verbatim text to examine the vast public response to the events surrounding the tragedy, exploring how stories are shaped and shared in our age of trolls, conspiracy theories, fake news, and 24/7 digital connection.