Soprano Jessica Gould has been noted for “a dramatic intensity that honored the texts” (The New York Times), "an electrifying voice" (Musicweb International), “gorgeous melismatic singing" (Voce di Meche), and “beautiful interpretation” (The Lute Society of America Quarterly), Her recordings include projects for MV Cremona, New World Records, Naxos, and Da Vinci Classics. Radio broadcasts include WQXR, NPR, WPBR, MPR, and WKCR, among others.
A protean artist of boundless curiosity and unique timbre whose repertoire spans four centuries, Ms. Gould’s projects range from Stradella to Wagner, while her upcoming French debut on the Sacré Gosnay series includes works of the Italian seicento. An advocate of modern music, her discography includes Eve Beglarian’s 2006 CD Tell the World, where she is heard with actor Roger Rees and the Paul Dresher Ensemble, and works of Jeffrey Stock, where she joins YoYo Ma and Pamela Frank in a concert recorded live at Carnegie Hall for Sony Classics.
Mozart roles include Donna Anna, Tamiri, Madame Herz, Vitellia, and both Fiordiligi and Despina. Handelian ventures include the title role of Semele under the baton of Ken-David Masur, Sesto in Giulio Cesare, as well as Agrippina. Innumerable performances of baroque repertoire include such venues as the Teatro all’Antica di Sabbioneta, Palazzo Grimani (Venice), the Great Synagogue of Florence, Italy and Temple Emanu-El of New York City, the latter in a performance sponsored by Carnegie Hall. Other baroque roles include the title role of Stradella’s Ester Liberatrice del Popolo Ebreo under the baton of Jory Vinikour, and Intelletto in Cavaliere’s La Rappresentazione di Anima e Corpo under the direction of Stephen Stubbs.
As a guest artist on the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Faculty Series she performed with legendary lutenist Nigel North, while concerts with guitarist Pascal Valois include Montréal and Florence. Recitals in Venice, Florence, and Rome are a consistent highlight of her schedule, while New York City performances include the Cassatt Quartet at the Guggenheim Museum Works & Process Series, and the Juilliard School Faculty series (guest artist) among countless others.
In addition to performing, Jessica serves as an Artistic Director, film director, published writer and Italian translator. Her first film, Babylon: Ghetto, Renaissance, and Modern Oblivion, is the most decorated music film of all time, with over 90 awards from festivals across the globe. Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, which Ms. Gould founded and continues to lead, enjoys consistent positive attention for its path-breaking offerings.