Jessica Sandidge’s soprano voice has been described as “plush” by The New York Times and as a "voice of both power and beauty" by Opera Wire. She first joined the Metropolitan Opera in their 2016/17 season as Jano(c) in Janácek's Jenufa. In 2017 she returned as Sylvainne(c) in The Merry Widow, and again in the 2018/19 season as Dawn(c) in the premiere of Nico Muhly's Marnie. She recently made her Sarasota Opera debut as Musetta (La Bohème), and the trouser role Walter (La Wally), an opera that had not been performed in the U.S. since the same company mounted the new production in 1989.
In the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Sandidge debuted the role of Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) with Long Island Lyric in New York with stage director Carol Castel. She then reprised the title role in The Merry Widow in Hong Kong with Musica Viva. She closed the 2018/19 season by making a role and company debut with Angels Vocal Arts in her hometown of Los Angeles as Giorgetta (Il Tabarro).
In 2018, she made her New York City Opera debut in Donizetti's Il Pigmalione, of which The New York Times wrote: "Jessica Sandidge's belated entrance as Galatea came as something of a relief, all the more so for the loveliness of her singing." Other performances in 2018 included her company debut with St Petersburg Opera as Violetta (La Traviata), a role she had previously covered in 2015 with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, and performed, with New Jersey Festival Orchestra in 2017. In 2018 she also conquered her first Norma with New Jersey Verismo Opera, under the baton of Lucy Arner, and debuted Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Shelter Rock Orchestra on Long Island. She also reprised Mimì (Bohème) with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, a role she had previously sung with Prelude to Performance in 2016 and Long Island Lyric Opera in 2017.
In 2017 she was the second soprano to ever perform the role of Margaret Hughes in Carlisle Floyd’s latest work, Prince of Players, which made its New York debut with Little Opera Theater of New York, a company she had previously sung with in Gluck’s rarely performed The Reformed Drunkard. Other performances that year included Micaëla (Carmen) with Heartbeat Opera, and her title role debut in The Merry Widow with The Muses Project in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Jessica has also given several concert performances such as, Soprano in A Prayer for Mother Earth, by Ivo Antogninni with The New England Symphonic Ensemble in a world premiere performance at Carnegie Hall, which also included solos in Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest. Her Carnegie Hall debut was Soprano in Fauré's Requiem with Manhattan Concert Productions in 2015. Her Lincoln Center debut was in 2016 when she performed Violetta's aria, Ah, forse è lui...Sempre libera in Rose Hall with the ISO of New York. She then performed as Soprano in the National Chorale's Messiah (Händel) Sing-in later that year in David Geffen Hall.