An alumna of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Jasmine Habersham is a young artist who has worked with the Cincinnati Opera's Opera Fusion: New Works program on several occasions. This July, we're thrilled that Jasmine will make her Cincinnati Opera mainstage debut in our charming new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Read on to get to know our Papagena!
Why do you love opera?
I love telling stories, and I love singing beautiful music. Opera is a unique art form that allows you to combine the two media.
How do you think opera can benefit our community?
When executed well, opera should be able to reach any person, regardless of class, race, or social status. When different people connect, amazing things can happen.
How do you think opera can be more accessible?
Creating new operas around stories that are relevant to our culture
will really hit home for people. We need more operas about modern-day heroes and the current social and political climate.
Do you think opera can change lives?
Yes, opera can give people a chance to explore their individual creativity. Opera can inspire a future librettist, composer, singer, dancer, or make-up artist.
What are you most looking forward to this summer?
I'm really looking forward to singing in this exciting production of The Magic Flute! I've never worked with so many projections [see trailer], so I am looking forward to the challenge!