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Soprano

Behind the Scenes
Jessie Massoudi
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Iranian-American soprano Jessie Massoudi is a native of Southern California best known for her fearless personality on stage. She has been described as having “a young, quirky Elizabeth McGovern quality” in her stage presence and “moves with distinctive personality – finding just the right balance of camp and economy of movement”, (Bruce Fessier, The Desert Sun). 

In 2019, Jessie created the role of Janine in the world premier of Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon, a hilarious award winning Hollywood Fringe Festival operetta. Some of her most notable operatic roles include Musetta (La Bohème – Desert Theatre League “Best Supporting Actress” award nominee), Miss Silverpeal (The Impresario), Giulietta (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), and Dorabella (Così fan tutte). Musical theater and operetta highlights include Gianetta (The Gondoliers), Adele and Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Lisa (The Grand Duke), Lady Angela (Patience – Desert Theatre League “Best Supporting Actress” award winner), Gertrude McFuzz (Seussical the Musical), Amy March (Little Women the Musical), Evita, and Guys and Dolls. In the summer of 2021, Ms. Massoudi returned to live theater with Mission Opera in the West Coast premiere of Offenbach’s rarely performed Le 66 as Grittly.

Ms. Massoudi holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Redlands, where she sang in the award winning Chapel Singers chamber ensemble under the direction of Jean-Sebastien Valleé. As a versatile artist, Jessie is also appreciated as a songwriter and pop singer with a “bluesy quality” to her voice, and frequently performs with the jazz band, North Benched.

Aside from performing, Jessie is also known for her strong activism. As a first-generation biracial Persian American, Jessie is deeply involved in amplifying Iranian American voices in the US, mainly through the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). After working as an Elections Coordinator and Leadership Council Member, she was recently named co-captain for NIAC's Los Angeles Chapter. Ms. Massoudi has also worked with several other human rights organizations- mainly Women’s March, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and Supermajority.

As a queer woman, Jessie also uses her voice to speak up for the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community. She often volunteers with HRC and, through NIAC, worked with the Sepi Shyne campaign in West Hollywood, CA, to help make her the first openly queer Iranian to be elected into public office in the entire world. In 2018 Landmark Opera gave Ms. Massoudi the opportunity to play a gender-bending version of Alfred in the popular operetta Die Fledermaus, allowing her to create a lesbian version of a well known character in the opera world. Ms. Massoudi hopes that as a performing artist, she can open minds, raise awareness, and help bring peace to the world.

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Events

  • GIANETTA in The Gondoliers - LIVE
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Aug 29
    13060 Roscoe Blvd, Sun Valley, CA 91352, USA
    Aug 29, 2021, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    13060 Roscoe Blvd, Sun Valley, CA 91352, USA
    Landmark Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s THE GONDOLIERS, a comic operetta in English. The Gondoliers will serenade you into a wacky story about a child bride married to an infant king who becomes lost, only to be found twenty years later raised by gondoliers in Venice, Italy.
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  • GRITTLY in Le 66 - LIVE
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    Sat, Jun 05
    Santa Clarita United Methodist Church
    Jun 05, 2021, 6:00 PM – Jun 13, 2021, 7:30 PM
    Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91350, USA
    Jessie returns to the Mission Opera stage on June 6th in our West Coast Premiere of Offenbach's 'Le 66' to sing the role of Grittly!!
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  • Norooz 1400: Welcoming the Light of the New Century
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    Sat, Mar 20
    Zoom, Youtube
    Mar 20, 2021, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM PDT
    Zoom, Youtube
    Join NIAC Los Angeles and NIAC members nationwide to celebrate Norooz, the Persian New Year!
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  • Winter Holidays of the World
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    Sun, Dec 20
    https://www.facebook.com/events/84772671603
    Dec 20, 2020, 3:00 PM
    https://www.facebook.com/events/84772671603
    A celebration of holidays around the world through music!
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  • Die Fledermaus
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    Fri, Mar 06
    11555 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064, USA
    Mar 06, 2020, 7:30 PM – Mar 14, 2020, 10:30 PM
    11555 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064, USA
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  • NELLA in Gianni Schicchi
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    Fri, Oct 18
    Los Angeles Mission College
    Oct 18, 2019, 7:30 PM PDT – Oct 20, 2019, 5:00 PM PDT
    Los Angeles Mission College, 13356 Eldridge Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342, USA
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  • JANINE in Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon (ENCORE!)
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    Sun, Jul 07
    McCadden Place Theatre
    Jul 07, 2019, 5:00 PM
    McCadden Place Theatre, 1157 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA
    Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon is a Gilbert and Sullivan styled comedic tale of adventure and romance set in the Old Wild West. Running time approximately 90 minutes.
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  • Patrick Simon Showcase
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    Sat, Jun 29
    5628 Vineland Ave
    Jun 29, 2019, 8:00 PM
    5628 Vineland Ave, 5628 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601, USA
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  • JANINE in Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon
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    Sat, Jun 08
    McCadden Place Theatre
    Jun 08, 2019, 7:00 PM – Jun 29, 2019, 8:00 PM
    McCadden Place Theatre, 1157 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA
    Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon is a Gilbert and Sullivan styled comedic tale of adventure and romance set in the Old Wild West. Running time approximately 90 minutes.
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  • DORABELLA in Cosi fan tutte
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    Sun, May 26
    Santa Clarita United Methodist Church
    May 26, 2019, 7:30 PM – Jun 01, 2019, 10:30 PM
    Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91350, USA
    Mission Opera Company presents a fully staged production of Mozart’s iconic comedy ‘Cosi fan tutte’ with orchestra. Who knew fiancée swapping was popular in the 18th Century? Let the Love Games begin! Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
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  • GIULIETTA in Les Contes D'Hoffmann
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    Wed, Feb 13
    1733 N New Hampshire Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
    Feb 13, 2019, 7:00 PM
    1733 N New Hampshire Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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  • Sold Out
    Sat, Jun 02
    Los Angeles
    Jun 02, 2018, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM PDT
    Los Angeles, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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