The galvanising gleam on her tone was worthy of a prima donna.
— Opéra Magazine (Yehuda Shapiro)

The Stage (George Hall) ...she is inevitably upstaged by the soprano glamour of Shelley Jackson's Mary Crawford.

The Telegraph (Rupert Christiansen) Among a cast of mostly young singers I would single out Martha Jones's Fanny, Henry Neill's Edmund, and Shelley Jackson's Mary Crawford.

Classical Source (Peter Reed) Shelley Jackson's big, shining soprano meant that Mary Crawford swept all before her...

Opera Today (Claire Seymour) Shelley Jackson's big, forceful soprano was the perfect conduit for Mary Crawford's self-confidence and thrill-seeking...

Planet Hugill (Robert Hugill) Here Nick Pritchard and Shelley Jackson were all charm...with Jackson a captivating Mary, building on the novel's use of Mary's voice as an instrument of seduction... Yet Pritchard and Jackson made us love these characters, and wonder what was going to happen to them.

Mark Aspen As the confident anti-heroine Mary, Shelley Jackson excels. Her coloratura soprano singing savours the sensuality of the part, emphasising the notion of the serpentine path, as she holds and colours what "s-s-s-serpentine" with a wicked glint in her eye.



“Above all Shelley Jackson, gifted with a profound dramatic sense, as Mimì...”

Tiroler Tageszeitung Jackson's clear and slightly dark soprano fits perfectly with the drawn Mimi.

Kurier (Helmut Christian Mayer) The ensemble is of high quality: Shelley Jackson's Mimì is sensitive, nuanced, and touching.

Bayerischer Rundfunk (Peter Jungblut) With the soloists the Salzburg Landestheater was very lucky this time: soprano Shelley Jackson from Baltimore convinced as a consumptive Mimì... A deserved success for the Landestheater.

Süddeutsche Zeitung (Rita Argauer) And he does many things well. As also does the extremely sensitive ensemble, above all Shelley Jackson, gifted with a profound dramatic sense, as Mimì...

Kronen Zeitung (Hans Langwallner) Shelley Jackson beautifully produced very fine lines and deep-drawn feelings!

Salzburg Wochen Spiegel (Veronika Zangl) Luciano Ganci and Shelley Jackson are enchanting as Rodolfo and Mimì. They dominate the stage with their wonderful voices. Empathic and nuanced, they give the arias and duets a special touch. For the lyrical-sentimental part of the opera, the focus is on both the vocal and acting, at which both excel.

Der Neue Merkur (Markus Thiel) For the company tour in its own city the house had excellent forces... Shelley Jackson (Mimì) with her distinctive dark, easily appealing soprano is more lyric...

DrehPunktKultur (Reinhard Kreichbaum) Shelley Jackson as Mimi is carved from a very different wood, she can rely on much more restraint in the orchestra pit and stands in the differentiated design far above her partner... It is mainly the Mimi scenes, in which also the filigree of the instrumentation comes out well.

The Operatic Musicologist (Daniel Url) The Role of Mimì was performed by Shelley Jackson who gave a marvelous and really touching performance. She has the ideal voice for that role with a warm lyrical voice that has a soft flexible timbre throughout all the registers... she convinced me from the very first moment.


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“Shelley Jackson is indeed a force to be reckoned with in this role, with a big, juicy lyric soprano that conveys wholesomeness and sensuality at the same time.”

The Times (Rebecca Franks) Dressed like a Madonna in soft blue, Shelley Jackson sings with moving tenderness as she woos Don José. 

Bachtrack (Katherine Cooper) The energy and commitment of the young cast is irresistible, and all four principals come to their roles having seemingly thrown away the rule-book in the best sense of the expression... she clearly regards Micaëla as a credible rival rather than a pushover. Shelley Jackson is indeed a force to be reckoned with in this role, with a big, juicy lyric soprano that conveys wholesomeness and sensuality at the same time. She's feisty enough to pull a blade on the cat-calling soldiers when she first appears, and her love-duet with Jose has only slightly less sexual charge than his later interactions with Carmen.

MusicOMH (Sam Smith) Shelley Jackson as Micaëla sings 'Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante' exquisitely.

The Stage (George Hall) American soprano Shelley Jackson's Micaela is strong willed and individual- a necessary makeweight to Carmen in the dramatic scheme.

Opera Today (Robert Hugill) Shelley Jackson made a warmly expressive Micaela... in Act Three Jackson really brought out Micaela's hidden reserves of strength.


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“The two Italian singers (tenor Galeano Salas and soprano Shelley Jackson) were more hilarious than usual.”

Opera Warhorses The Italian Singer duets were nicely performed by Virginia soprano Shelley Jackson and Texas tenor (and Santa Fe Apprentice Artist) Galeano Salas. Both take part along with the six principal artists in the first two of “Capriccio’s” three comic octets, which are among Strauss’ most inventive operatic ensembles. I was fortunate to have reviewed Jackson’s unexpected debut as a Santa Fe Opera principal artist, starring as Norina in the first night of a new production. Currently part of Zurich Oper’s international young artists’ program, her success as Santa Fe Opera’s Norina demonstrated how deep the talent is within opera’s young artists programs. 

Bachtrack (Maria Nockin) Shelley Jackson and apprentice tenor Galeano Salas sang the parts of the Italian singers with emotions I’m sure they remember from auditioning for this summer job. They were young and cute. Best of all they have luscious voices that I want to hear again. 

Musical Toronto (Joseph So) The two Italian singers (tenor Galeano Salas and soprano Shelley Jackson) were more hilarious than usual. 

Theater Jones (Gregory Sullivan Isaacs) Soprano Shelley Jackson and tenor Galeano Salas are wonderfully wacky as the pair who, after their brief concert, help themselves to the refreshments. Jackson hits the spirits while Salas inhales the cake. 

Santa Fe Reporter (John Stage) Shelley Jackson and apprentice Galeano Salas exude charm and petulance as the Italian singers. 

Opera Today (James Sohre) Galeano Salas and Shelly Jackson made notable contributions as the Italian Singers