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 Three Decembers, Eunice in 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 will make her Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre debut this summer as Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance.
In the 2014 - 2015 season Cabiria sang the role of The Fox in Rachel Portman's inspiring opera, The Little Prince with Opera Fayetteville and 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 The Rivals, and Angelica in Vaughan Williams' The Poisoned Kiss, both with the Bronx Opera.
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 roles there, including Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly 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 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 singing at a young age with the New York City Opera Children’s Chorus, and attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute the summer before her senior year at the Bronx High School of Science. At Northwestern University, Cabiria continued to pursue both opera and theater, graduating with bachelor's degrees in Voice as well as Drama. She subsequently moved to Boston, where she performed with the Lowell House Opera and OperaHub, a company she co-founded. 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.
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