Jessica Timman Schwefel, Voice
Dr. Jessica Timman Schwefel, Mezzo-Soprano, is currently an Adjunct Professor of Voice at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Specializing in Opera, Art Song and Oratorio, Dr. Timman has performed the roles of Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Erika (Vanessa), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Meg Page (Falstaff), Cecilia March (Little Women), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), among many other roles. She has performed in over thirty operatic productions with the Florentine Opera Company, Madison Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Stoughton Opera, UW Opera, Four Seasons Theatre, Madison Bach Musicians, among other professional engagements. For the upcoming operatic season, Jessica will appear as Christine in Fresco Opera Theatre's upcoming show, Paranormal Playhouse in September. She will also join the Music by the Lake Singers and Orchestra for a Christmas program in December. Jessica was recently one of four singers chosen to participate in the Madison Opera Studio Artist Program during the 2012-2013 season. While at Madison Opera, Jessica performed as the mezzo in the Ensemble Quintet in Acis and Galatea and covered the role of "Zerlina" in Don Giovanni. Jessica also made her debut with Fresco Opera Theatre in March 2013, performing the role of "Bella" in their production of The Real Divas of Dane County. Jessica has performed with the Florentine Opera Chorus for five seasons singing in productions such as Carmen, Semele, Susannah, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Idomeneo, and more. Jessica also performed with the Florentine Opera Chorus in the recording of Rio de Sangre and Elmer Gantry, which won collectively three Grammy Awards in classical categories in 2012 and 2013. As a solo singer, Jessica has repeatedly performed at the Florentine Opera's Summer Concert Series, "Florentine at the Lake". Last season, Jessica made her debut as “Rosina” in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Candid Concert Opera in December 2012. During the 2010-2011 season, Jessica joined the Opera for the Young’s tour of Pirates of Penzance as “Ruth”. In addition, she performed the role of "The Mother" and covered the role of "Suzuki" in Madama Butterfly in July 2009 with Music by the Lake. Jessica has performed in two opera programs abroad. In 2004, she was accepted into the Young Artist Program at La Musica Lirica in Ubania, Italy. She was also fortunate to receive a scholarship to the Tyrolean Opera Program in the Achensee region of Austria in 2005.
Dr. Timman has performed three seasons with the Madison Bach Musicians, performing solo and choral parts for the St. Matthew Passion and cantatas BWV4, 106, and 196. With the Madison Bach Musicians, she appeared on a "A Baroque Christmas" episode airing of "University of the Air" on Wisconsin Public Radio's Ideas Network. Dr. Timman's singing has also been heard on other WPR programs such as "On Higher Ground" and "The Midday." Dr. Timman has been the alto soloist for the Mozart Requiem, Bach Magnificat, Telemann, Der Tag des Gerichts, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, and de Falla’s El Amor Brujo. As an active recitalist, she most recently performed a recital featuring contemporary American Composers and was a Guest Artist at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Jessica is an active promoter of music by the composer Paul Bowles. She has produced a critical edition of Bowles’s unpublished songs, presented lectures about Bowles’s musical output, and performed many of his works. For more information about Paul Bowles, please visit paulbowles.org.
Dr. Timman holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Voice Performance with a minor in Opera Production, which was under the direction of her renowned teacher, Julia Faulkner. Jessica has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Voice Excellence Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, Opera Props award, and Dara Welty Memorial Award at UW. She received 2nd place in the Graduate division during the Regional NATS Competition in 2007. Jessica graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelors degree in Music Education and summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master of Musical Arts Degree in Voice Performance.
Dr. Timman has over eleven years of teaching experience at such institutions as the University of Wisconsin, Madison Academy of Music, A Step Above Dance and Music Studio, and UW Summer Music Clinic. Jessica's students have received music scholarships, have been accepted into the Madison Opera Internship Program, consistently earn top ratings at contests, are regularly accepted into honors choirs, perform lead roles in musicals, and are active musicians in the Madison community.