Jacqueline Porter holds an honours degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Arts (Italian) from the University of Melbourne and was the recipient of the 2010 Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust Scholarship. She was a Developing Artist with Victorian Opera and has since performed many roles for the company.
Equally at home on the operatic stage and the concert platform, Jacqueline appears regularly with Australia’s major symphony orchestras and choral societies and her recitals and concerts are frequently broadcast on ABC Classic FM.
Jacqueline's extensive concert repertoire features Bach Passions and Cantatas, Berlioz Les Nuits d’été, Britten Les Illuminations, Brahms Requiem, Grieg Peer Gynt, Haydn and Mozart Masses and Prokofiev The Ugly Duckling, which she performed with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and was also released on CD.
Jacqueline’s recent performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra include Mozart Exsultate Jubliate, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, the role of Crobyle in Thaïs (Mid-Season Opera Gala Concert), Fauré Requiem, Mahler Symphony No. 4 and Beethoven Mass in C. Other engagements with MSO include Rachmaninoff The Bells, Mozart Requiem, Enescu Vox Maris and a regional tour featuring Mozart and Haydn arias.
Other concert appearances include the world premiere of Calvin Bowman’s song cycle for Soprano and Strings: I Would Sing a Little While with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, first conducted by Benjamin Northey and then again with Sir Neville Marriner, Last Night of the Proms with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, A Night in Vienna and Mahler 4 with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, King Arthur (Brisbane Baroque), Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, Dunkeld Festival of Music (Australian String Quartet and Caroline Almonte), Dark MOFO Festival (TSO), concerts with renaissance ensemble La Compañia, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Melbourne Bach Choir, Opera in the Vineyard with David Hobson, a recital of Schumann Lieder for ABC radio and an Art Song recital with Aura Go in the Salon at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Her opera roles for Victorian Opera include Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro); Despina (Così fan tutte); Princess (The Sleeping Beauty); Drusilla (L’Incoronazione di Poppea); L’Amour (Orpheé et Eurydice); Saskia and Hendrickje Stoffels (Rembrandt’s Wife); Clorinda (Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda). For State Opera South Australia she performed Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. She has also performed the role of L’Euridice in Peri’s L’Euridice in the Woodend Winter Arts Festival and Cleopatra in Alexander Balus and Iphis in Jeptha ‘The Vow’ for Handel in the Theatre.
Jacqueline’s forthcoming engagements include Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Brahms Requiem (Festival of Voices), a Handel recital with Erin Heylard (Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival), Mozart Requiem (Melbourne Bach Choir), the title role in Susanna (Handel in the Theatre), and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Adelaide Symphony Orchestra).