Described as a “A mezzo-soprano whose artistry, administration and activism is rooted in accessibility and change,” (Garrett McQueen, TRILLOQUY), Jaime Sharp (she/her) is a rising star and commanding presence both on and off the stage. She currently resides in Cincinnati on the stolen territories of the Algonquian-speaking Delaware, Miami and Shawnee tribes. Jaime was recently announced as member of the inaugural Opera Leaders of Color cohort with OPERA America and will be mentored by Priti Gandhi, Artistic Director of Portland Opera.
Originally hailing from Orlando, Florida, Sharp is pursuing her masters in voice at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) under the tutelage of Thomas Baresel. This summer she joins Des Moines Metro Opera as an apprentice artist covering Hippolyta in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream and covering Lily in the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess in addition to singing the Hurricane solo. She will also perform in apprentice artist scenes.
At CCM, she sang the title role in Bizet’s Djamileh (Opera Bootcamp), Ursule in Béatrice et Bénédict (Opera Gala) and Dorabella in Così fan tutte (Opera Workshop). This year she will sing in the workshop for Nathaniel Stookey and Eisha Davis‘s opera, BULRUSHER with Opera Fusion/Cincinnati Opera as well as Maria Maddelena/Scribe in Phillip Glass’s Galileo Galilei in Spring 2022.
Sharp received the Audience Choice Award at the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Great Lakes Regional Finals and the Hilda Harris Mezzo-Soprano Award at the George Shirley Vocal Competition in 2018. Recently, she was named a semi-finalist for the 2021 Orpheus Vocal Competition and Perfect Day Music Competition, along with being a finalist for the 2019 Opera MODO Aria Competition and the U-M Concerto Competition.
She has performed with Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera MODO, Detroit Song Collective, Comic Opera Guild, Chautauqua Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Prague Summer Nights and Lyric Opera Studio Weimar. Select roles include: Ježibaba (Rusalka), Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Gertrude (Hansel and Gretel), Ruth (Pirates of Penzance), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte) and Mrs. Ott (Susannah).
Sharp holds a bachelors from the University of Michigan where she studied with renown tenors George Shirley and Stanford Olsen. She was a recipient of the Steven M. Schwartzberg Music Scholarship and the Friends of Opera Undergraduate Scholarship for musical and academic excellence.