In the fall, Texas mezzo soprano Jazmine Olwalia will join Pittsburgh Opera as a first-year Resident Artist. Her upcoming roles include Third Wood Sprite in Rusalka, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Ariodante in Ariodante, and Girl in Denis & Katya.
This summer, she joined Opera Theater of St. Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist, performing as Mercedes in Carmen and covering Miriam H. in the world premiere of Awakenings by Tobias Picker.
Recently, she was named third prize winner of the 2022 Houston Gilbert and Sullivan Career Grant Competition and last season, Jazmine was named a semi-finalist for the 2021 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
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.