Award-winning opera singer and songwriter Jess Hitchcock is an Indigenous performer, composer and singer-songwriter with family origins from Saibai in the Torres Straits and Papua New Guinea. Her charismatic stage presence and versatile performance sphere draw on over 20 years of musical experience.
Over the last 2 years Jess has been touring with Kate Miller-Heidke as her backing vocalist around Australia and this year was with Kate at the Eurovision song contest in Israel.
Jess transitioned early on from a Jazz background into the world of opera after joining Short Black Opera Company where she has worked as an artist and teacher for the last 10 years.
The role of ‘Alice’ created in Pecan Summer was Jess’s debut professional opera production. She received a Broadway World award for best supporting actress in an opera for her creation of this role at the Sydney Opera House, 2016. These years with Short Black Opera led to the opportunity to sing a lead role in Opera Australia’s production of The Rabbits, for which she was awarded a prestigious Green Room Award for Best Female in a supporting role also in 2016.
The last few year Jess has also been involved in many other projects including the Mission Songs Project, Boite Schools Chorus and is currently working in collaboration with Deborah Cheetham AO on a new children’s opera set to be released in 2020.
Jess was the 2019 recipient of the Smuggler of Light, Indigenous Music and Media Award presented at the APRA Professional Development awards.
Jess’s first album ‘Bloodline’ , a collection of original music about love and identity was released July 4th, 2019.