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Jacquelynne Fontaine

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Born and raised in Oxnard, her best friend Homer played classical piano, so she’d secretly (and clumsily) practice the same Chopin and Rachmaninoff études. She‘d always loved acting and when college came around, Jacque realized she was able to combine both acting and classical music in Opera. Fast forward a decade or so of college degrees, classical singing competitions, international performances, and a Broadway National Tour, she’s finally back home and pursuing a career in tv/film. She’s working with the luminescent Christinna Chauncey in her On Camera Intensive/Ongoing class, and still singing when she can!

While an undergrad at Cal Lutheran University, Jacquelynne performed the lead in several classical theater plays (Antigone, Blood Wedding) and studied classical singing, graduating with a BA in Music. She went to the USC Thornton School of Music for her Masters in Music, completing two years of doctoral studies. While at USC, she performed the lead in several operas (Don Giovanni, Summer and Smoke, Idomeneo), co-directed the USC Chamber Opera, and taught a children’s choir and music lessons to local elementary schools (yay kids!). During this time, she took a year off to serve as Miss California 2006 and compete in the Miss America 2007 pageant, placing in the top ten and winning the talent award! She loves gorgeous dresses, thank you, Pinterest.

After school, she moved to NYC and pursued a career in opera and musical theater. She performed in Italy with the Tuscia Operafestival, and in the Pacific Northwest in two of her favorite roles; Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, and Violetta in La Traviata. She was a western regional finalist with the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a winner of the Zachary National Singing Competition, and winner of the Palm Springs, NATS, Rio Hondo, and Burbank classical singing competitions. In musical theater, she performed Anna in The King & I with Opera North, Elsa in The Sound of Music with North Shore Musical Theatre (Best Supporting Actress IRNE Nomination), Charlotte in A Little Night Music with the Indiana Repertory Theatre, and the Ragazza in A Room with a View at The Old Globe in San Diego.

Most recently, for three years and over one thousand performances (yeehaw!), Jacquelynne stared as the Italian Prima Donna Carlotta in the Broadway National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera. You might have seen her if you saw the show- she was hard to miss, entering with a 40lb gold and red dress, carrying a severed head and singing a couple high D’s!

She spends her free time teaching singing, attempting salsa and swing dance, yoga, playing the piano, and lovin’ on her 14 lb Havanese puppy, Pearl.

QUOTES

“Jacquelynne Fontaine was perfection in the role of Carlotta Guidicelli, the reigning prima donna of the Opera House. Her full voiced soprano has some of the most challenging moments in the show, and she tossed off high notes and coloratura runs with aplomb. She has mastered the diva gestures that would make any great opera soprano and she shone whenever taking the stage. “

- Broadway World

 “Another difference under tour director Laurence Connor is evident from the beginning. The diva Carlotta is usually a shrill, comedic character, so when the Phantom (Chris Mann) demands that she be replaced by his protege, Christine Daae (Katie Travis), there’s not a lot of tension. But here, Jacquelynne Fontaine’s Carlotta displays a gorgeous soprano that soars above them all. The Phantom’s menace thus functions as being more in the name of love than art.”

- Post-gazette.com

“Jacquelynne Fontaine plays a sarcastic and witty Countess Charlotte Malcolm. Her portrayal is hilarious and also, touching. As a woman dealing with the long-term infidelity of the husband she loves, her struggle is real and painful. Fontaine is a former Miss California and her beauty is apparent, but her talent as an actress is the real scene-stealer.”

- Indianapolis.about.com

“Stand-out work by… Jacquelynne Fontaine who, as the long-suffering wife of Desiree’s lover, delivers a riveting duet with Morgan on “Every Day a Little Death.”

- www.ibj.com

Outstanding comic performances from Glenn Seven Allen and Jacquelynne Fontaine as Count and Countess Malcolm add another delicious layer of duality to the production.

- www.nuvo.net

Jacquelynne Fontaine plays the wonderfully droll scorned wife, Countess Charlotte Malcolm; her sarcastic wit barely masking her desire for her husband to return her affection - stagewriteindy.com
Meanwhile, Jacquelynne Fontaine‘s Countess portrayal remained fetching .. to the show’s expectedly-uptempo finale. That’s in part because she sings wonderfully, is clad exquisitely…in Linda Pisano’s gowns, and receives the bulk of the best lines to sling verbal darts at her companions.

- Indianapolismonthly.com

“[T]he Italian caretakers of the pensione in Act I are lavishly promising, especially as powerfully vocalized by the sexy and astounding Jacquelynne Fontaine and Glenn Seven Allen.”

- Stage and Cinema 

“Jacquelynne Fontaine in the role of Ragazza was tremendous. I thought she had the best voice I’ve heard at The Globe. I looked at her bio and lo and behold, she’s an opera singer. Her singing didn’t come off as operatic in this show; it just came off as nice.”

- San Diego Reader

 “The romance, … is comically operatic in the musical, with two actual opera singers nearly stealing the show, as lusty Italian servants and later, inebriated English ones.”

- Patter Productions

“For me, though, the musical moments tended to climax when Jacquelynne Fontaine and Glenn Seven Allen were about.  These two _ charmingly named Ragazza and Italiano – are the invention of the authors, used as the embodiment of Italy’s heart and soul. Both handsome young performers have ready an operatic climax or scrap of passion as needed and they serve brilliantly as a vivid contrast to things British”

- SanDiego.com

Details

Date 04-08-2019 7:30 pm
Cut off date 04-08-2019
Individual Price $30.00
Location
Richards Center for the Arts
2248 Ramon Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA Palm Springs, CA 92262
Richards Center for the Arts
$30.00
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