"I cant prove any great powers of prognostication, but I sure do feel there's a good chance we could all be hearing more from
this singer in time."
- Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun
ABOUT KISMA JORDAN | SOPRANO
Not many people can join forces with a jazz trio, sing Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs, lead a hip-hop band in the streets of a Sidewalk Festival and perform songs of their own composition. But Kisma Jordan can.
Characterized by The New York Times as a “shimmering soprano voice”, Ms. Jordan has proven to be a vocal powerhouse of great versatility. The Baltimore Sun praised excitedly, “Kisma Jordan steals the show, vocally…with her truly lovely soprano. She sounds wonderful in the house, the tone ripe and well supported, the phrasing lively, the diction superb. I can't prove any great powers of prognostication, but I sure do feel there's a good chance we could all be hearing more from this singer in time.”
During the 2015-16 season this versatile artist presented her fusion project Beyond Classical: Opera Soul as part of the Detroit Performs Live from Carr Center concert series, then appeared with Annapolis Opera in Angels & Demons, a concert showcasing the many saints and sinners of the operatic repertoire. She presented recitals of lieder, arias and spirituals as part of Music at St. Paul’s Flint Concert Series, then joined Jessica Care Moore’s Black Women Rock 2016 showcase. This fall she portrays Micala in Carmen with Opera Western Reserve.
The Detroit, Michigan native is a recipient of the 2014 Kresge Artist Fellowship funded by The Kresge Foundation consisting of a monetary prize and professional practice opportunities, which rewards metropolitan Detroit
artists for their exceptional commitment to artistic acheivement and strong contributions to their respective communities.
In the 2014-15 season Ms. Jordan took to the opera stage to cover the role of Clara with Lyric Opera of Chicago in Francesca Zambello’s production of Porgy and Bess, appeared with the Hilton Head Symphony as soloist for Mendelssohn & Verdi: Nightmares and Dreams and then debuted her highly anticipated project Beyond Classical during Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience. She made her sixth solo appearance with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and concluded the summer with an appearance at Detroit’s Chene Park Amphitheater with electronic music legend Derrick May.
In previous seasons, Ms. Jordan enjoyed appearances with New Jersey Opera as Pamina in Die Zauberflote, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress at Baltimore's Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, Nedda in Pagliacci, and as Aurora in the North American premiere of Francesco Cavalli’s Gli Amore D’ Apollo e di Daphne. Sought after on the concert stage, she has made solo appearances in works including Barber’s Knoxville:Summer of 1915 with Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 with Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with Lima Symphony Orchestra, and Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder.
Most recently a top prize winner in the Soma International Foundation’s 2016 Lois Alba Aria Competition, Ms. Jordan captured First Prize in Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s 2016 Mildred Miller International Vocal Competition and First Prize in National Opera Association’s 2016 Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition. Among other awards are the Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition (First Prize), Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation (Second Prize), Sylvia L. Green Voice Competition (First Prize, Graduate Division), Baltimore Music Club Competition (First Prize, Professional Voice), The Cleveland Foundation (A. Grace Lee Mims Vocal Scholarship Award), and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (National Semifinalist; First Place, Great Lakes Region).