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.
Her performance experience encompasses 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), Second and Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Maurya (Riders To The Sea), Mrs Herring (Albert Herring), the title role in Iolanthe, Maddalena (Rigoletto), Emilia (Otello), Lucilla (La scala di seta), Marianna (Il Signor Bruschino), Flora (La traviata), Annina (Der Rosenkavalier), Pitti-Sing/Katisha (The Mikado) and Mary (Der fliegender Holländer).
In 2001, Jacqui was awarded the Vienna State Opera Award by Opera Foundation Australia which led to her undertaking many roles for the Wiener Staatsoper including Giovanna (Rigoletto), Grimgerde (Die Walküre), Mercedes (Carmen), Annina (La traviata), Ines (Il trovatore) and Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto).
Since returning to Australia, she has sung Dorabella in Victorian Opera’s inaugural production of Così fan tutte, Suzuki for Opera Queensland and Marcellina, Emilia, Maddelena, Donna Elvira, Katisha and Rosmira for Opera Australia.
She has appeared as a soloist with many organisations including Victorian Opera, Opera Queensland, Sydney Philharmonia, the Melbourne Chorale, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, The Australian National Academy of Music, The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Recent appearances have included The Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos for Victorian Opera and the alto solos in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for Sydney Philharmonia. She also appears 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.
In 2012, Jacqueline Dark 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). 2013 brings debuts as Meg Page in Falstaff, Lady Billows in Albert Herring and Fricka in Der Ring des Nibelungen