Jessica Bachicha, one of Eroica's newest and most sensational discoveries, sings with the freshness of Charlotte Church, the vigor of Maria Callas, and the resonance of Kiri Tekanewa.
The 23-year-old soprano was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Although born blind, she considers herself no different from other people. Her show business debut was at a school talent show in the second grade.
She studied for four years with Leslie Umphries, concentrating on the integration of baroque ideas with ancient Greek musical principles, creating a synthesis with modern composition. She is currently working toward a combination master's/doctorate degree in vocal music at Leeds University in England.
Her new Eroica release, Illumination, is a wonderfully eclectic mix of musical textures and styles, ranging in genre from Gregorian Chant and early baroque to contemporary. The repertoire includes compositions by Villa-Lobos, Leonard Bernstein, Isabella Leonard, and her own composition, The Word Became Flesh.