Jacqueline Dark

Jacqueline Dark

Mezzo Soprano

In 2016, Jacqueline Dark starred as The Mother Abbess in the National Tour of The Sound of Music before returning to Opera Australia as Fricka in their revival of Der Ring des Nibelungen. In 2017, she sang Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana for State Opera of South Australia (Best Female Performance – ‘Curtain Call’ Awards), the title role in Prima Donna for the Adelaide Festival, Anna in Black River for Victorian Opera/Malthouse Theatre and in major concerts with the Sydney Symphony, Sydney Philharmonia and Darwin Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, Jacqui returns to Opera Australia in The Nose and debuts with New Zealand Opera in Candide.

After completing a Bachelor of Physics degree, Jacqui attended the Opera Studio at the Victorian College of The Arts and graduated 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), the title role in 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), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Maurya (Riders To The Sea), Lady Billows (Albert Herring), the title role in Iolanthe, Maddalena (Rigoletto), Emilia (Otello), Flora (La Traviata), Annina (Der Rosenkavalier), Pitti-Sing/Katisha (The Mikado) and Mary (Der fliegender Holländer).

A period as a Young Artist at the Wiener Staatsoper included the roles of Giovanna (Rigoletto), Grimgerde (Die Walküre), Mercédès (Carmen), Annina (La Traviata), Ines (Il trovatore) and Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto).  

In 2012, Jacqueline sang Herodias in Opera Australia’s new production of Salome and for her performance as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, she won the Green Room Award for Outstanding Principal Female in Opera. 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 included Marcellina and her debut as Amneris (Aida). 

Jacqueline Dark appears as a leading artist in many of Opera Australia’s internationally released CDs and DVDs including Le nozze di Figaro, Der Rosenkavalier, Don Giovanni and The Mikado.

Jacqueline Dark is supported by Juliana and Robert Clemesha