Mezzo-soprano Jaime Hartzell is quickly becoming known for her ability to sing a wide range of repertoire. Praised for her stage presence and striking acting abilities, she made her return to Opera Project Columbus to reprise the role of The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors; prior to that she made her debut with Opera Raw as Mimì in La bohème. The previous summer she portrayed Lola in Opera Project Columbus' Cavalleria rusticana. She also returned to Utah Festival Opera to cover the title role in Barber’s Vanessa and to perform Beethoven's Missa Solemnis "Sanctus". There, she made her 2012-2013 season debut as Siébel in Gounod’s Faust. She also had the pleasure of performing with Boston University as Annio in La clemenza di Tito and Kate Julian in Britten’s Owen Wingrave. Her Boston University debut was in Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon, performing the role of Jean twice in one day, where “Ms. Hartzell, stepping in for both of the mezzo-sopranos slated to sing in this production, did a spectacular job in the role of Jean considering how little preparation time she had.” Earlier in the season she appeared as The Mother in Opera Project Columbus’ production of Amahl and the Night Visitors and also as Meg Page in Falstaff with The Ohio State University. In 2011, she performed Suzy in La rondine with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance. Other credits include Rosimonda in the American Stage Premiere of Handel’s Faramondo, Cherubino, Rosina, Second Lady, and Meg Page in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor. Ms. Hartzell is very excited to be part of St. Petersburg's Emerging Artist program and she also enjoys her role as Artistic Administrator of Opera NEO.
Ms. Hartzell was the first-place winner of The Ohio State University Concerto Competition. She was awarded the University Fellowship and both the Margaret Speaks Graduate and Undergraduate Vocal Scholarships. She also received the Elizabeth Dancey Vocal Scholarship, Women’s Club Scholarship, and Otterbein College Talent Award. Ms. Hartzell received both her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music from The Ohio State University.