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Jamie-Rose Guarrine

Associate Professor, Voice

Soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine has received acclaim for her vibrant vocal beauty, captivating stage presence, and accomplished musicianship. 

Of her recent portrayal of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Opera News described her voice as “light, flexible and vibrant — well suited to the part of a scheming maid and romantic ingénue.” She has performed on the stages of Los Angeles Opera, Minnesota Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Chicago Opera Theater, Utah Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Madison Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Santa Fe Symphony, among many others. In recent seasons, Guarrine returned to both Austin Lyric Opera and the Florentine Opera of Milwaukee in her signature role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as debuts with Opera Omaha in Die Zauberflöte and Opera Memphis in Lee Hoiby's This is the Rill Speaking. Her performance repertoire ranges from the baroque such as the Pergolesi Stabat Mater and Keiser's The Fortunes of King Croesus to modern works such as Mark Adamo's Lysistrata and Philip Glass' Galileo Galilei.

The summer of 2013 saw Guarrine's debut of the title role in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammemoor at Opera Saratoga in upstate New York, where "as the title character, soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine possesses an utterly thrilling, agile voice. She commanded the famous Act 3 "mad scene" with pathos, beauty, and heartbreaking skill." (Saratoga Wire)

Last season, Guarrine "traversed the Fiakermilli's coloratura flights with ease and clarity" (Opera News) in the Minnesota Opera's Production of Richard Strauss' Arabella, and returned to Opera Omaha in the role of Poppea in Handel's Agrippina. Recent and future projects include, Madison Opera in the Park, the Bach Magnificat with the Lake Chelan Bach Festival in Chelan, WA, Mozart's C Minor Mass with the Bradley University Orchestra and Chorus, Carmina Burana with the San Antonio Youth Symphony and Choirs, the Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with both the Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra and Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Fairbanks and returns to both Florentine Opera and Fort Worth Opera.

Prior to her appointment at UMass, Dr. Guarrine has held teaching positions at Illinois Wesleyan University, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.