"Jacqueline Dark's Composer (was) magnificently realised...singing was fearless and beautiful."
Peter Burch, The Australian
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. The following year, she sang Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana for State Opera of SA (Best Female Performance – ‘Curtain Call’ Awards), the title role in Prima Donna for the Adelaide Festival, Anna in Black Rider for Victorian Opera/Malthouse Theatre and major concerts with the Sydney Symphony, Sydney Philharmonia and Darwin Symphony Orchestra.
Most recently, Jacqui appeared in The Nose for Opera Australia, as Mrs Sedley in Peter Grimes for the Brisbane Festival and debuted with New Zealand Opera in Candide. 2019 engagements include concerts with the West Australian Symphony, Berenice in Farnace for Pinchgut Opera and Herodias in Salome for Opera Australia.
After completing a Bachelor of Physics degree, Jacqui attended the Opera Studio at the Victorian College of The Arts, graduating 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, Amneris (Aida), 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), 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), Mercedes (Carmen), Annina (La traviata), Ines (Il trovatore) and Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto).
In 2012, Jacqueline Dark sang Herodias in Opera Australia’s new production of Salome; 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.
Jacqueline Dark 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.
Jacqueline’s Personal Site