Praised for her “shimmering tones” and “star-struck vulnerability” by Opera News, Greek-American Soprano Jamie Chamberlin has been recognized for her abilities as both a singer and actress. Recently, ArtsInLA hailed her role debut as Cunegonde in Long Beach Opera’s Candide as “jaw-dropping”. In 2015 Jamie starred as Marilyn Monroe in the US Premiere of Gavin Bryars’ Marilyn Forever, also with LBO. Other LBO roles include Soprano II in Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox, and Lucy in Shostakovich’s comic operetta Moscow Cherry Town. In 2017 Jamie will sing the role of Hazel George In the US Premiere of Glass’ The Perfect American at LBO and Chicago Opera Theater.
A gifted interpreter of new music, Chamberlin made her professional debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2004, where she sang the soprano solo in the World Premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing during the inaugural season of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Most recently Chamberlin created the powerhouse role of Elyn Saks in the World Premiere of Kenneth Wells’ The Center Cannot Hold (based on Saks’ memoir of the same title), a co-production with UCLA and Pacific Opera Project, which has garnered national attention for it’s impact in both the art and mental health communities. In 2006 Jamie was selected to participate in the prestigious Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, where her portrayal of troubled poetess Anne Sexton in Conrad Susa’s Transformations was called “spellbinding” by SF Chronicle’s Joshua Kosman.
As a Delos Recording Artist, Chamberlin’s “fresh-sounding, expressive soprano” (Opera News) has been praised for her work on Terrain of the Heart, song cycles of Mark Abel (2014). Additionally, Jamie created the role of Lisa on the World Premiere Delos recording of Abel’s 2016 Chamber Opera, Home is a Harbor. Chamberlin’s recognizable sound can also be heard during the epic water ballet scene in the 2016 Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar!, for which she was hand-picked by prolific film score composer, Carter Burwell.
A frequent artist with Los Angeles Opera, Jamie made her solo debut singing the High Priestess in Aida and the Cretan Woman in Idomeneo, with Plácido Domingo. Jamie is a regular soloist and teaching artist in the Education and Community Programs Department at LA Opera, bringing recitals and concerts to the people of Los Angeles, and representing the company. Jamie has also participated and taught in Music Outreach and Education programs with The LA Phil, Orange County Opera, The Pasadena Symphony, and Opera Santa Barbara. She holds both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music Degrees from UCLA.
Miss Chamberlin has appeared extensively with the Pasadena Symphony and Louisville Orchestra under the baton of Jorge Mester, an early champion in her career. Her repertoire has included Milhaud’s Chants de Ronsard, Poulenc’s Gloria, Adams’ Grand Pianola Music and the Soprano I solo in Mozart’s C Minor Mass. In 2007 she made her Fort Collins Symphony debut singing Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5 and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. Jamie has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships from organizations which include The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, First Prize in the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation, Third Prize in the Inaugural José Iturbi International Music Competition, The Pasadena Opera Guild, The Opera Buffs, The Pilsbury Foundation, and the Society of Singers.