Jacqueline Tardanico defines herself as an artist that defies industry norms. As an artist that performs outside the box, Ms. Tardanico has appeared in operas, musicals, theatre, and film on both coasts of the country. She prides herself on being an industry chameleon, vocally experienced in classical, contemporary, and extended techniques. Her wide range of abilities allow her to conquer roles in almost any performance medium.
Ms. Tardanico has premiered many roles in contemporary opera and enjoys the challenge of brand new works, making a stamp on the new generation of a growing industry. Some credits include Cherry in Bowl of Small Hands by Josh Brown and Rino in Regenesis by Ziyu Wang, both of which debuted at the Compos-it Opera
Festival in Pittsburgh, PA. She also premiered the title role of Mel in Mel Rides the Bus Alone at Pittsburgh Opera. Some other contemporary credits include Federico García Lorca in Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar with Miami Music Festival, Dinah in Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and the Trio in The Filthy Habit by Hilliard and Boresi with the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University.
In addition to contemporary opera, Jacqueline enjoys crossing over to the theatrical side and has appeared in many classic roles, some of which include the title role as Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate by Cole Porter, Johanna in Sweeney Todd by Stephen Soundheim, and Beatrice in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on local stages in Seattle, WA. She made a splash as Miss Dorothy Brown in Thoroughly Modern Millie with Studio East, appeared in Carnegie Mellon’s production of the Vagina Monologues, and got some big laughs in Love Bites with Tisbert Sketch Comedy.
Jacqueline graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University in 2018 with a BFA in Vocal Performance and went on to pursue an additional year-long certificate in 2019 in the same conservatory program with a focus in contemporary music. Here she worked closely with teachers such as Mildred Posvar Miller and Jennifer Aylmer.