Biography

Soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine is acclaimed for her vibrant vocal beauty, charming stage presence, and accomplished musicianship. Of her portrayal of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Opera News described her as “a natural object of attraction for the men in the play,” her voice as “light, flexible and vibrant — well suited to the part of a scheming maid and romantic ingénue.”

In the 2011-12 season, Jamie-Rose sang the role of Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Wolf Trap Opera Company, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte with Austin Lyric Opera, Maria Celeste in Galileo Galilei with Madison Opera, Cis in Albert Herring with Los Angeles Opera, and Xanthe/Aphrodite in Lysistrata with Fort Worth Opera. She was a featured soloist in the 2011 Christmas Spectacular with Madison Symphony Orchestra, and Brahms’ Requiem with the Santa Fe Orchestra. In the 2012-2013 season she reprises her Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro for both Florentine Opera and Austin Lyric Opera. Additional engagements for the upcoming season include Papagena with Opera Omaha and her debut with Memphis Opera as Judy Atkins in Lee Hoiby’s This is the Rill Speaking.

In the summer of 2008, Ms. Guarrine made her debut with Santa Fe Opera as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. The following season, Ms. Guarrine sang Mabel inThe Pirates of Penzance with Kentucky Opera, Susanna in Utah Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro, Nella in Gianni Schicchi and the roles of Fire, Nightingale and Princess inL’Enfant et les Sortileges with Opera Company of Philadelphia, and appeared in concert with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra. Most recently she sang with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica as the soprano soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana, and returned to Santa Fe Opera as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte and Cis in Albert Herring, as well as an appearance as a guest soloist with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Engagements for the 2010-2011 season included Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Fairbanks and a return to the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, her Chicago Opera Theater debut as Cleonte in Medee.

Ms. Guarrine returned to the San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Program in 2007 where she sang the role of Veronique in the world premiere of Hotel Casablanca by Thomas Pasatieri, ”… Bringing a winning vulnerability to the role of the aspiring actress.” (San Francisco Chronicle) During her tenure as a Resident Artist with The Minnesota Opera, Ms. Guarrine sang Zerlina in Don Giovanni, which was hailed by Opera News as ”feminine and fresh voiced, and ”a scene-stealing surprise by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. She also performed Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and La Coloratura in Joseph Merrick: The Elephant Man.  Ms. Guarrine returned to The Minnesota Opera stage as a Guest Artist in 2008, for the American premiere of The Fortunes of King Croesus under the baton of Harry Bicket with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, of which the Wall Street Journal stated, “Guarrine displayed sparkling coloratura clarity.”

Ms Guarrine is the recipient of numerous awards, notably the Santa Fe Opera, Central City Opera, Jensen Foundation, as a 2007 Sullivan Foundation Award Winner, and a first place winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Wisconsin and Minnesota Districts.