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biography

Texas native, Jazmine Olwalia, is a mezzo-soprano who has been described as a “powerhouse”, bringing “humor and spunk” to her roles. In her 2021 season, Jazmine will be joining the ensemble of Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera and will be making her Portland Opera debut as Sharonne Salaam in their new production of The Central Park Five by Anthony Davis. She will also be performing with Annapolis Opera in a new work reading of Sunder, a piece about the present day trials of protesting. This past summer, she returned to Wolf Trap for her second year as a studio artist, performing in their productions of a double bill of Cendrillion/Savitri and a concert version of Sweeney Todd, in which she covered the role of Mrs. Lovett.  

Recently, Jazmine was named a semi-finalist for the 2021 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She was also named a Finalist in the 2020 Dallas Opera Guild Biennial Lone Star Vocal Competition. In 2019, Jazmine was awarded third place in the Pre-Professional Division of the George Shirley Vocal Competition, as well as receiving the Hilda Harris Mezzo-Soprano prize.

 

Recent roles include the title role in Ariodante with the Maryland Opera Studio and Giovanna in Rigoletto with Bel Cantanti Opera. She was also scheduled to portray the Fox in the Cunning Little Vixen with the Maryland Opera Studio in the spring of 2021, which was cancelled due to Covid. She has also played roles such as Tituba in The Crucible, Agafia Milhailovna in Anna Karenina, and Grace Ansley in Roman Fever with the Moores Opera Center.

Jazmine is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Maryland Opera Studio and received her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston. She currently studies with Delores Ziegler.