After completing a Bachelor of Physics degree, Jacqueline Dark attended the Opera Studio at the Victorian College of the Arts, graduating in 1996 with First Class Honours. In 2001 Jacqui was awarded the Vienna State Opera Award by Opera Foundation Australia, which led to her undertaking a series of roles for the Wiener Staatsoper.
Since returning to Australia, her performance experience has encompassed opera, music theatre, cabaret, theatre restaurant and the concert platform, and includes the roles of The Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Carmen and Mercedes (Carmen), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), the title role and Tisbe in Cenerentola (for which she won a Green Room Award), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Rosmira (Partenope), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Mrs Herring (Albert Herring), the title role in Iolanthe, Maddalena (Rigoletto), Emilia (Otello) and many others.
In 2012 Jacqui sang Herodias in Opera Australia’s new production of Salome and won the Green Room Award for Outstanding Principal Female in Opera (Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni). Her 2013/2014 OA schedule included Emilia, Donna Elvira, Filippyevna in Eugene Onegin, Meg Page in Falstaff, Lady Billows in Albert Herring and Fricka in Der Ring des Nibelungen. She took the alto solos in Rossini’s Stabat Mater for the West Australian Symphony, in Handel’s Messiah for the New Zealand Symphony and appeared as Herodias for Opera Hong Kong. She also features as a leading artist in many of Opera Australia’s internationally released CDs and DVDs, Le nozze di Figaro, Der Rosenkavalier, Don Giovanni and The Mikado.
Last year, Jacqui received her second consecutive Helpmann Award for her work as Fricka in Der Ring des Nibelungen. Her roles for Opera Australia in 2015 include Marcellina and her debut as Amneris (Aida). Later this year, she appears as Ortrud (Lohengrin) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.