Texas native, Jazmine Olwalia, is a mezzo-soprano who has been described as a “powerhouse”, bringing “humor and spunk” to her roles. Following a socially distant summer at Wolf Trap Opera as a Studio Artist in 2020, she was named a Semi-Finalist for the 2021 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. This summer, she returns to Wolf Trap, performing in their productions of Savitri and Sweeney Todd, and covering the role of Mrs. Lovett. In her 2019-2020 season, Jazmine portrayed the title role in the Maryland Opera Studio’s production of Ariodante, as well as making her debut with Bel Cantanti Opera as Giovanna in Rigoletto. She was also scheduled to portray the Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen with the Maryland Opera Studio in the spring of 2021, cancelled due to Covid-19.
Recently, Jazmine 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 Iman/Xochitl in the world premiere of Hajar with the Maryland Opera Studio, and Ayah in The Secret Garden as well as Princess Peyai in Amazing Grace with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre. 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 has also participated in the National Music Festival’s 2019 Voice Apprentice Program, where she performed scenes and arias from Così fan tutte and Carmen.
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.