Jacqueline Duckworth is a young, emerging Australian Dramatic Soprano. She is of English, Welsh and Irish ancestry which she wholeheartedly embraces through her extensive knowledge and performance of Celtic songs, in addition to her operatic repertoire.
She trained under esteemed international Dramatic Soprano Lisa Gasteen (AO), who has performed leading roles in operas by Wagner, Verdi and Strauss on the international opera stage and was the winner of the 1991 Cardiff Singer of the World.
Graduating from Cleveland District State High School in 2013 as School Captain and obtaining an OP3, Jacqueline successfully gained her place as a Bachelor of Music candidate at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, majoring in Performance (Classical Voice).
Whilst completing her degree, Jacqueline has performed as part of the chorus for QCGU’s opera productions of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel (2015) which was directed by Opera Australia’s director Michael Gow & conducted by Johannes Fritzsch, Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (2016) and the Val Machin Opera Scenes (2019).
As a solo performer, she was invited to perform both the Australian and New Zealand National Anthems at the 2013 Redlands ANZAC Day Dawn and Day services. Similarly that year, Jacqueline was the featured classical vocalist in Creative Generation: State Schools On Stage, which included performing Beethoven’s Ode to Joy with a supporting 600-voice choir. Over the last couple of years, she has generously donated her time to perform at a variety of Pleasant Sunday Afternoon concerts at the Cleveland Uniting Church. Her recognition as an emerging dramatic soprano within her community resulted in Jacqueline being invited to perform as the lead classical soloist for both the 2017 and 2018 Redlands Christmas By Starlight, where she collaborated with pianist and musical director John Foreman (OAM) and rock guitarist Rex Goh.
In 2017, Jacqueline launched her own concert series which saw highly successful performances of her concerts Celtic Dreaming, La Rose Mystique and Musical Memories. Additionally, 2017 saw Jacqueline in her solo operatic debut performance with the Redland Sinfonia at RPAC in the concert Maiden Voyage. Branching out into musical theatre, she performed as Stepsister Joy (understudy) and in the Ensemble in QLD Musical Theatre’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Jacqueline also undertook the role of Virginia as part of Beenleigh Theatre Group's 40th Anniversary production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! in 2018.
Jacqueline has a highly extensive choral background. Beginning her choral journey at the age of 9 in the Vocal Manoeuvres Academy (VMA), under Alison Rogers, and continuing to be a part of this extraordinary company for the next 10 years. Significant choral performances included Holst’s The Planets at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore (2009), part of the Children's Chorus Havergal Brian’s Symphony Number 1 (The Gothic) in the QPAC Concert Hall and Britten's War Requiem with the Queensland Youth Orchestra.
She has worked as a backing vocalist for Australian soprano Mirusia Louwerse in her Australian Home Tour (2012) and My Favourite Things Tour (2014). Jacqueline was also a backing vocalist for the QLD Pops Orchestras’ 30th Anniversary Concert and the Brisbane Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols in 2014. Corporate events included singing Christmas carols at the Mater Foundation Christmas Breakfast, performing on Hayman Island for the Christmas period and various other charitable events.
Jacqueline's goal in life is to share this extraordinary gift that she has been blessed with to the world around her and bring joy to
Her vision is to gain her place on the international
operatic stage & as a classical-crossover performer.
Associate Performance Diploma (Voice) (AMusTCL) - Trinity College London, 2015
Grade 5 Musicianship – Credit, Australian Music Examinations Board, 2013
Certificate in Music Studies (Voice) - Queensland Conservatorium of Music, 2014
Studied a Bachelor of Music, Performance (Classical Voice) at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, 2014 - 2019
Studying to undertake her
Licentiate Performance Diploma (Voice) (LMusTCL) - Trinity College London
Eddie Santagiuliana Award - Redlands Eisteddfod, 2011
Senior Vocal Aria, Senior Vocal Aggregate, the Redland Sinfonia award, Outstanding Performer & Open Scholarship - Redlands Eisteddfod, 2016