Mezzo-soprano Jazmine Olwalia has been described as a “powerhouse” that brings “humor and spunk” to her roles. In 2021, Jazmine makes her Portland Opera debut as Sharonne Salaam in Anthony Davis’s The Central Park Five. She also joins Opera Theater of St. Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist singing Mercedes in Carmen and covering Miriam in the world premiere of Awakenings by Tobias Picker, then heads to West Edge Opera as Miss Forcible in their new production of Coraline, based on the award-winning children’s novel. 2021 credits include Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera and a new work reading of Sunder with Annapolis Opera.
Third-prize winner of the Houston Gilbert and Sullivan Career Grant Competition, Jazmine was named a semi-finalist for the 2021 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She returned to Wolf Trap for her second year as a studio artist in 2021, performing in a double bill of Cendrillion/Savitri and a concert version of Sweeney Todd, where she covered the role of Mrs. Lovett. In her 2019-2020 season, Jazmine portrayed the title role in the Maryland Opera Studio’s Ariodante, as well as making a role debut with Bel Cantanti Opera as Giovanna in Rigoletto.
Jazmine was a Finalist in the 2020 Dallas Opera Guild Biennial Lone Star Vocal Competition, and in 2019 was awarded third place in the Pre-Professional Division of the George Shirley Vocal Competition, and recipient of the Hilda Harris Mezzo-Soprano prize. Recent roles include Iman/Xochitl in the world premiere of Hajar with the Maryland Opera Studio, and Ayah in The Secret Garden as well as Princess Peyai in Amazing Grace with Utah Festival Opera. Other credits include Tituba in The Crucible, Agafia Milhailovna in Anna Karenina, and Grace Ansley in Roman Fever with the Moores Opera Center. A participant in the National Music Festival’s 2019 Voice Apprentice Program, she performed scenes and arias from Così fan tutte and Carmen.
Jazmine is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Opera Studio and received her BM degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston. She currently studies with Delores Ziegler.