Cabiria Jacobsen has been praised for her “mezzo of richness and power” by Opera Magazine and for her "Bea Arthur-esque timing" by Outerstage. Recent appearances include a return to Opera Fayetteville as Maddy Mitchell in Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie's Three Decembers, Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire at Opera San Jose, Mercédès in Carmen at Anchorage Opera, and Cousin Hebe in H.M.S. Pinafore with The Lamplighters of San Francisco, CA. Her debut with that company earned her a nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical from Theatre Bay Area. Cabiria recently made her Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre debut as Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man, and multiple roles in the premier of a reworked production of Richard Rodgers' final musical, Rex. In January of 2018, she was diagnosed with infective endocarditis while 30 weeks pregnant with her daughter, and had an emergency c-section and open heart surgery on the same day. She looks forward to her first gig since her recovery, Alice Beane in Titanic: The Musical at Bob Jones University in March 2019.
A versatile physical actress, Cabiria performed the role of The Fox in Rachel Portman's inspiring opera, The Little Prince with Opera Fayetteville, and Bird/Lizard/Squirrel/Mole in A Year with Frog and Toad with Bay Area Children's Theatre at the Peet's Theatre at Berkeley Rep. Cabiria made her Carnegie Hall debut as alto soloist in Mozart's Coronation Mass with DCINY, and reprised the role of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Salt Marsh Opera. Other recent appearances include Ernestina in Rossini's Opportunity Makes the Thief with the Little Opera Theatre of New York, Julia in the East Coast premiere of Kirke Mechem's adaptation of Sheridan's The Rivals, and Angelica in Vaughan Williams' The Poisoned Kiss.
Cabiria participated in young artist and training programs at Virginia Opera, Opera North, and Opera New Jersey. She has competed as a finalist in the Liederkranz and Rochester Oratorio Society Competitions in New York, and won the Ilene D. Kaplan award from the Connecticut Opera Guild, as well as an Encouragement Grant from the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges competition. Formerly a Resident Artist at Tri-Cities Opera, she performed several leading roles there, including Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Nicklausse in Les contes d'Hoffman on the mainstage, as well as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, and Mom and Grandma in Little Red Riding Hood in their chamber opera and outreach series. She has appeared in concert with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, the Garden State Philharmonic, the Greenwood Music Festival and the Grand Canyon Music Festival, and in recital in Boston and New York.
A proud native of Brooklyn, NY, Cabiria began performing at a young age with the Summer Players of Woodward Park, and later the New York City Opera Children’s Chorus. She attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute the summer before her senior year at the Bronx High School of Science, and her oceanography aspirations promptly fell victim to the power of a Bach chorale. At Northwestern University, Cabiria continued to pursue both opera and theater, graduating with bachelor's degrees in Voice as well as Drama. Her senior thesis drew parallels between the ancient Greek playwrights and the work of Suzan-Lori Parks. Cabiria subsequently moved to Boston, where she performed locally and co-founded OperaHub, now in its 10th year. Cabiria joined the joint MM/Resident Artist program at Binghamton University and Tri-Cities Opera with a full scholarship and teaching assistantship. Since graduating, she has performed with ensembles throughout the United States. Cabiria is fluent in French, and is fond of animals, The Marx Brothers, British and Russian Literature, the ocean, and a nice pumpernickel bagel with cream cheese, lox, and red onions, hold the capers.
Photo credit: Kirsten Getchell Photography