Soprano Jessi Goebel has been praised for her “effortless” singing and “a certain vulnerability that is highly appealing.” (Kelly Dean Hansen, The Daily Camera) This spring, Jessi sings Despina with Amore Opera. Earlier in the season, she sang the principal role of the Lark in a reading of Wang Jie’s opera Rated R for Rat, presented by American Opera Projects in partnership with Lauren Flanigan’s Music and Mentoring House, and gave recitals in The Netherlands and Connecticut.
In the 2017-2018 season, Jessi sang with the ensemble of New York City Opera in their production of L'amore Dei Tre Re, appeared as Berta with Amore Opera, and collaborated with pianist Mark Toxopeus in recital in The Netherlands. In recent seasons, Jessi sang Adele with Amore Opera, Faustine (Die Fledermaus) with Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance program, and as a member of the ensemble in New York City Opera's double-bill of Aleko/Pagliacci. She has also sung with Empire Opera, enCANTA Collective, and New York Opera Forum.
Jessi earned her Master’s Degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder, as a student of Julie Simson; highlights with CU Opera included Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Julie Jordan (Carousel), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), and as a soloist in a staged production of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS at the Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver. In 2012, she sang Aninku with the Colorado Music Festival in Hans Krása’s Brundibár, conducted by Michael Christie, and joined CU NOW for the world premiere of Act I of Lori Laitman’s Ludlow. She sang extensively with CU Opera’s outreach group, Opera Theatre Singers, and frequently appeared at The Academy in Boulder, both with OTS and as a solo recitalist.
Jessi earned her Bachelor's Degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Ashley Putnam. While at MSM, she sang the role of Eurilla in the U.S. premier of Händel’s Il pastor fido, and was a soloist in Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, among other scenes programs and recitals.
Other notable performances include recitals in The Netherlands, Oslo, and Salzburg, master classes with Ken Merrill (NYC) and Wolfram Rieger (Salzburg), and as a soloist with composer and conductor Eric Whitacre in Beijing. Honors and awards include the Nancy and Ted Anderson Scholarship as well as the Anthony and Dorothy Riddle Lyric Theater Performance Prize at CU Boulder; the President’s Scholarship at Manhattan School of Music; and First Place in the University of Miami’s Summer in Salzburg competition.
Off-hours, Jessi is an avid hiker, amateur photographer, and lover of game night. She lives in Manhattan with her fiancé and an abundance of plants.