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Arts Leadership

 

Originally from Orlando, FL, Jaime Sharp (she/they) is "a mezzo-soprano whose artistry, administration, and activism is rooted in accessibility and change" (TRILLOQUY). She now resides in Cincinnati, OH on the unceded territories of the Algonquian-speaking Shawnee, Miami, and Delaware tribes. Jaime Sharp is a dynamic leader driven to create transformative experiences through storytelling, and discover ways in which the arts can positively impact society and social change.


Jaime currently serves as Communications & Publications Manager for Grantmakers in the Arts. They are a mentee for Women of Color in the Arts' Leadership Through Mentorship, and will join the Tessitura Network's Early Professional Development Program on the fundraising fundamentals track. They were an inaugural cohort member for OPERA America's Opera Leaders of Color, and participant in the All Rise Initiative with Tom O'Connor Consulting Group. Beginning November 2022, she joins The Dallas Opera Hart Institute for Women Administrators. Her work is strongly focused on racial equity in the arts, serving as the 2021-2022 EDI Research Fellow for Association of Arts Administration Educators, and former Administrative Manager for the Black Opera Alliance. Jaime co-founded the choral ensemble Hear Us, Hear Them, a Black-led Cincinnati organization dedicated to programming and commissioning works by traditionally under-utilized composers, and currently serves as Executive Director. She also led Opera NexGen as President & General Director from 2020-2022. Jaime has worked in the marketing departments of the American Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and the University Musical Society.


In addition to her administrative pursuits, Jaime is an active performer. This season, they join Opera Ithaca as a young artist. She has sung with Cincinnati Opera Opera Fusion: New Works, Detroit Opera (formerly Michigan Opera Theatre), Opera MODO, Detroit Song Collective, Brevard Music Center, and the Chautauqua Opera Institution. They were an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera during Summer 2022. Jaime 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 2018 George Shirley Vocal Competition.


Jaime holds a MM in Vocal Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (CCM), and BM in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan with a minor in linguistics. She is pursuing a MBA from the University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business and a MA in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky. Their projects have been highlighted in articles, interviews, and panels for: OPERA America, Grantmakers in the Arts, Association of Arts Administration Educators, I Care If You Listen, OperaWire, Modern Singer Magazine, TRILLOQUY, Latina Women in Opera, and Black Women in Opera. Jaime is a founding member of Black Administrators of Opera, and active with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Multicultural Awareness Council, Americans for the Arts, Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Arts Administrators of Color, Racial Justice Opera Network, OPERA America, Association of Arts Administration Educators, and BIPOC Arts.

 

Performance

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Hailing from Orlando, Florida, Jaime Sharp (she/they) is, "a mezzo-soprano whose artistry, administration and activism is rooted in accessibility and change" (TRILLOQUY). She a recent graduate of University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), receiving her Master's in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Thomas Baresel. In Summer 2022, Jaime joined 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 Mercédès (Carmen), Tisbe (Cenerentola), and Aunt Lou (Highway 1, U.S.A.) as part of their scenes program. This fall, she joins Opera Ithaca Festival, singing Aunt Lou (Highway 1, U.S.A.) and Taller Zenger Daughter (Proving Up) in a double bill, as well as covering Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco. Following Opera Ithaca, Jaime joins Dr. Louise Toppin and the Akron Symphony Orchestra as the Alto Soloist for Margaret Bonds' The Ballad of the Brown King.


At CCM, they 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). She also participated in the workshop for Nathaniel Stookey and Eisha Davis‘s opera, Bulrusher, with Opera Fusion: New Works/Cincinnati Opera, and finished her final semester as Maria Maddelena/Scribe in Phillip Glass’s Galileo Galilei in Spring 2022.


Jaime 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 Detroit Opera, 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).

Jaime holds a Bachelor's from the University of Michigan where she studied with renowned tenors George Shirley and Stanford Olsen. They were a recipient of the Steven M. Schwartzberg Music Scholarship and the Friends of Opera Undergraduate Scholarship for musical and academic excellence. She is a current student of Sheri Greenwald.