Praised for her “warm, soothing legato line,” mezzo-soprano Jacquelyn Matava has performed throughout the United States, as well as in England, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Venezuela. Operatic credits include the title roles in Cendrillon and Dido and Aeneas, Charlotte (Werther), Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Nancy (Albert Herring), Marthe (Faust), and Cecilia March (Little Women). She was a Regional Finalist in the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
An accomplished concert artist, Matava has been heard as a soloist in performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor, Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, and Stravinsky’s Les Noces. In 2014, she performed at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. She has sung with the Tanglewood Music Center, Lucerne Festival Academy, Opera San Antonio, Alamo City Opera, Opera Saratoga, San Antonio Choral Society, Bloomington Chamber Singers, IU Summer Music Festival, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Danbury Music Centre, Masterworks Chorale (IL), and Hudson Valley BachFest.
From 2014-2017, Matava was Instructor of Voice and Opera at St. Mary’s University where she taught Opera Workshop and the vocal majors studio. She has directed full productions of Dido and Aeneas and Cendrillon (Viardot), and was music director for Godspell. She taught part-time at Trinity University for two years before being promoted to Assistant Professor of Music in August 2017. Her voice students have won awards in several competitions and have been accepted to prestigious undergraduate and graduate vocal programs. In addition to her university teaching, she also maintains a private studio of high school and adult students.
A native of Farmington, Connecticut, Matava holds a D.M. and M.M. from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a B.A. from Vassar College. She resides in San Antonio with her husband, Brett Richardson, who is the Director of Bands and Coordinator of Music Education at the University of the Incarnate Word.