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Acclaimed for her “winning and beautifully balanced voice” (San Francisco Classical Voice), and her “depth and sensitivity” (Opera Wire), San Francisco native mezzo-soprano Jaime Korkos is equally at home in classic and contemporary repertoire. With a background in theatre, Ms. Korkos is a versatile performer with leading and supporting roles spanning the operatic canon, having performed the title roles in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, Offenbach’s La Périchole, Massenet’s Cendrillon, and Dvorak’s Rusalka, Anežka in Smetana’s The Two Widows and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro.
Recent and upcoming: She made her Ireland debut with the acting troupe Gare St. Lazare Ireland in Here All Night, a theatre work based on Samuel Beckett’s writings and prose. She joined the company on a 7-city tour across the country, performing in such venues as Dublin's famous Abbey Theatre, Cork's The Everyman, and the Wexford National Opera House. She made her company debut with Boston Opera Collaborative as Hannah After in As One and returned to Odyssey Opera as Orestes in La belle Hélène. Ms. Korkos was soloist in the world première in Paris of Richard Clark's Te Deum and was asked to partake in Stephanie Blythe's cabaret, Blythely Ever After under the auspices of Boston Lyric Opera. This August she sings the title role of Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice with Opera Company of Middlebury.
She has continued to work with Boston Lyric Opera as Widow/Wife/Martha in The Handmaid’s Tale. She has also worked locally with Mass Opera (formerly MetroWest Opera), the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Juventas New Music Ensemble. In addition to her Boston engagements, Ms. Korkos has performed both nationally and internationally having sung with San Francisco’s Pocket Opera, New York’s Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre, Washington, D.C.’s Bel Cantanti Opera, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis, where she was a Gerdine Young Artist for two seasons.
Active in recital and symphonic works, Ms. Korkos recently performed Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs in Boston’s Jordan Hall with world renowned musicians from both the NEC faculty and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. No stranger to this venue, Ms. Korkos has also given a full solo recital in Jordan Hall with unparalleled pianist Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek; their repertoire including Peter Lieberson's Neruda Songs and Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben. She has sung with Maestro Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (Charles Fussell’s song cycle November Leaves), the Amherst Symphony Orchestra and the NEC Philharmonia (Alto solo in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3), as well as with organist Richard Clark and the St. Cecilia String Quartet (Alto solo in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater). After hearing her in his new critical edition of Rossini’s La Gazzetta, Ms. Korkos was invited by the late musicologist and historian Phillip Gossett to join him and the Italian chamber orchestra Ensemble Nuove Musiche on their 2014 tour. They traveled to four major U.S. cities performing Verdi Nostro Contemporaneo, the art songs of Verdi and his contemporaries. Ms. Korkos has also been seen as a soloist in numerous performances of Handel's Messiah, including with the La Jolla Symphony, and the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.
She holds degrees from University of the Arts and New England Conservatory of Music and has been honored by the Concert Artist Guild, New York Lyric Opera and the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition.