Originally from Danville, California, soprano Jessica Julin was a 2009 Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Auditions. In the same year, she completed her studies at the renowned Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia (AVA), where her roles included the title role in Vanessa, Agathe in Der Freischütz, and Freia in Das Rheingold. Jessica was a student of Costanza Cuccaro at Indiana University (where she was awarded a full scholarship); she did further training in the young artist programs of the Chautauqua Institution, Central City Opera and Utah Festival Opera. She has performed with New York City Opera and Gotham Chamber Opera and she recently traveled to Milan at the invitation of the Teatro alla Scala to study the roles of Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Amelia in Un ballo in Maschera. She currently makes her home in Annapolis, Maryland. In 2014, she takes on the title role in Puccini’s Turandot with Shreveport Opera.