Jacqueline Dark’s most recent performances include The Mother Abbess in the National Tour of The Sound of Music, Herodias in Opera Australia’s Salome and Fricka in their revival of Der Ring des Nibelungen, Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana for State Opera of SA (Best Female Performance – ‘Curtain Call’ Awards), the title role in Prima Donna for the Adelaide Festival, Berenice in Farnace for Pinchgut Opera, Mrs Sedley in Peter Grimes for the Brisbane Festival and major concerts with the Sydney, Melbourne, West Australian and Darwin Symphony Orchestras.
In 2021, she makes major role returns to Opera Australia and Pinchgut Opera and is guest vocal soloist with The Australian Ballet.
After completing a Bachelor of Physics degree, Jacqui attended the Opera Studio at the Victorian College of The Arts, graduating with First Class Honours.
Her performance experience encompasses opera, music theatre, cabaret and the concert platform - and includes the roles of The Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), the title role in Carmen, Amneris (Aida), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), the title role and Tisbe in Cenerentola (for which she won a Green Room Award), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Rosmira (Partenope), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Green Room Award), Lady Billows (Albert Herring), the title role in Iolanthe, Maddalena (Rigoletto), Emilia (Otello), Flora (La traviata), Annina (Der Rosenkavalier), Pitti-Sing/Katisha (The Mikado) and Mary (Der fliegender Holländer). A period as a Young Artist at the Wiener Staatsoper included the roles of Giovanna (Rigoletto), Grimgerde (Die Walküre), Mercedes (Carmen), Annina (La traviata), Ines (Il trovatore) and Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto).
In 2012, Jacqueline Dark sang Herodias in Opera Australia’s new production of Salome winning a Helpmann Award for her portrayal. She sang the same role for Opera Hong Kong and sang the alto solos in Rossini’s Stabat Mater for the West Australian Symphony and Messiah for the New Zealand Symphony.
In August 2014, Jacqui received her second consecutive Helpmann Award – for her work as Fricka in Opera Australia’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Jacqueline Dark appears as a leading artist in many of Opera Australia’s internationally released CDs and DVDs – Le nozze di Figaro, Der Rosenkavalier, Don Giovanni and The Mikado.
Pinchgut Opera acknowledges the Gadigal peoples of the Eora nation, the first story-tellers and singers of songs. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging.