After completing a Bachelor of Physics degree, Jacqueline Dark attended the Opera Studio at the Victorian College Of The Arts, graduating in 1996 with First Class Honours. Her performance experience encompasses opera, music theatre, cabaret, theatre restaurant and the concert platform - and includes the roles of The Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Carmen and Mercedes (Carmen), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), the title role and Tisbe in Cenerentola (for which she won a Green Room Award), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Rosmira (Partenope), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Second and Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Maurya (Riders To The Sea), Mrs Herring (Albert Herring), the title role in Iolanthe, Maddalena (Rigoletto), Emilia (Otello), Lucilla (La scala di seta), Marianna (Il Signor Bruschino), Flora (La traviata), Annina (Der Rosenkavalier), Pitti-Sing/Katisha (The Mikado) and Mary (Der fliegender Holländer). In 2001, Jacqui was awarded the Vienna State Opera Award by Opera Foundation Australia which led to her undertaking many roles for the Wiener Staatsoper including Giovanna (Rigoletto), Grimgerde (Die Walküre), Mercedes (Carmen), Annina (La traviata), Ines (Il trovatore) and Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto). Since returning to Australia, she has sung Dorabella in Victorian Opera’s inaugural production of Così fan tutte, Suzuki for Opera Queensland and Marcellina, Emilia, Maddelena, Donna Elvira, Katisha and Rosmira for Opera Australia.
Other appearances have included The Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos for Victorian Opera and the alto solos in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for Sydney Philharmonia. She also appears as a leading artist in many of Opera Australia’s internationally released CDs and DVDs – Le nozze di Figaro, Der Rosenkavalier, Don Giovanni and The Mikado.
In 2012, Jacqueline Dark sang Herodias in Opera Australia’s new production of Salome and won the Green Room Award for Outstanding Principal Female in Opera (Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni). Her 2013/2014 OA schedule included Emilia, Donna Elvira, Filippyevna in Eugene Onegin, Meg Page in Falstaff, Lady Billows in Albert Herring and Fricka in Der Ring des Nibelungen. She also took the alto solos in Rossini’s Stabat Mater for the West Australian Symphony, in Messiah for the New Zealand Symphony and appeared as Herodias for Opera Hong Kong.
In August 2014, Jacqui received her second consecutive Helpmann Award – for her work as Fricka in Der Ring des Nibelungen. Her roles for OA in 2015 include Marcellina and her debut as Amneris (Aida).