Jess Aszodi is an artist, researcher, educator and performer. Her mezzo voice has been praised the world over, for its unusual range, both in terms of colour and pitch, which makes it possible to perform repertoire across genres and voice types. She creates bespoke techniques and concepts from project to project and has built up a truly idiosyncratic set of embodied knowledges, from cycling while singing, to choreographically affected song, a unique teaching and embodiment methodology and a not small number of extremely extended vocal techniques. Her favourite thing is challenge.

Jess’ performance work crosses between opera, experimental music, improvisation, composition, and music theatre.

She has performed as a soloist with opera houses and ensembles around the world including the London Sinfonietta, Wiener Volksoper, Nederlands Reisoper, Hamburg Staatsoper, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, ICE, Pinchgut Opera, the Tirolean Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Opera, Sydney Chamber Opera, and the San Diego and Chicago Symphony Orchestras (chamber series).

Her Festival appearances include the Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Festivals, Darmstadt, Aldeburgh, Tectonics, Tanglewood, Klangspuren, Beethoven Festwoche, Resonant Bodies, Vivid Sydney, Aspen and BIFEM (where she was a long-time part of the curatorial team). A passionate exponent of new work she has performed important premieres by collaborators Liza Lim, Augusta Read Thomas, Dai Fujkura, Anthony Pateras, Jessie Marino, Cathy Milliken, Jenna Lyle, Sam Dunscombe, and Laura Bowler. She has twice been nominated for the Australian Greenroom Awards as ‘best female operatic performer’ - in both the leading and supporting categories.

Jess holds a Doctorate from the Queensland Conservatorium, and continues an artistic research and teaching practice focused on the materiality and politics of embodiment practices in the creation of new vocal performance. She has written articles for several books and journals and has a meaningful teaching practice that explores the bodily as well as theoretical applications of her research.

She likes difficult stuff. And takes pleasure getting messy in the process of creating thick, touching, thinking, pieces.


For worldwide performance enquiries, please contact:

Philippa Allan @ RealArts
+49 170 915 3383

Photo Credits

Homepage:  Marga van den Meydenburg

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