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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, and is 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). 

Jessie has enjoyed playing leading roles in many operas, most notably 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, among others, creating the role of Janine in the world premier of Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon, a hilarious award winning Hollywood Fringe Festival operetta), Adele and “Allie”/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 was able to return to live theater with Mission Opera in the West Coast premiere of Offenbach's Le 66 as Grittly, and will sing the role of Gianetta in Landmark Opera's fall production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers.

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 well known as a pop singer with a bluesy quality to her voice, and frequently performs with the jazz band, North Benched.

Having worked with several human rights organizations, mainly Women’s March, Code Pink, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Field Team Six, Supermajority, and the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), Jessie is known for her strong activism in her communities. As a first-generation biracial Iranian-American, she has recently become an Elections Coordinator and member leader for the Los Angeles Chapter of NIAC, and has been hard at work ever since, making sure that Iranian-American voices all across the country are heard. Through NIAC, not only has she spoken with senators and congresspeople, working towards a better future, but she has also taken part of many mehmoonis (Iranian festivities) as a performer and host, and will certainly take part in many more.

As a bisexual woman, Jessie is also using her voice to speak up for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. She often volunteers with the Human Rights Campain (HRC) and, through NIAC, took the lead in the Sepi Shyne campaign in West Hollywood, CA, making her the first openly queer Iranian-American to be elected into office in the entire world. In 2018 Landmark Opera gave Jessie the opportunity to play a gender-bending version of Alfred in Die Fledermaus, allowing her to create a lesbian character out of a well known role in the opera world. Ms. Massoudi hopes that by using her skills in the performing arts, she can raise awareness, open minds, and help bring peace to the world.

Jessie

 

Upcoming Events

  • GIANETTA in The Gondoliers - LIVE
    GIANETTA in The Gondoliers - LIVE
    Aug 21, 7:00 PM – Aug 29, 10:00 PM
    Valley Beth Israel, 13060 Roscoe Blvd, Sun Valley, CA 91352, USA
    ‘Who’s the real King?’
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  • GRITTLY in Le 66 - LIVE
    GRITTLY in Le 66 - LIVE
    Jun 05, 6:00 PM – Jun 13, 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
    Norooz 1400: Welcoming the Light of the New Century
    Mar 20, 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
    Winter Holidays of the World
    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
    Die Fledermaus
    Mar 14, 2020, 7:30 PM
    11555 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064, USA
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  • Die Fledermaus
    Die Fledermaus
    Mar 13, 2020, 7:30 PM
    11555 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064, USA
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  • Die Fledermaus
    Die Fledermaus
    Mar 07, 2020, 7:30 PM
    11555 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064, USA
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  • Die Fledermaus
    Die Fledermaus
    Mar 06, 2020, 7:30 PM
    11555 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064, USA
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  • NELLA in Gianni Schicchi
    NELLA in Gianni Schicchi
    Oct 20, 2019, 2:00 PM PDT
    Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91350, USA
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  • NELLA in Gianni Schicchi
    NELLA in Gianni Schicchi
    Oct 19, 2019, 7:30 PM
    Los Angeles Mission College, 13356 Eldridge Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342, USA
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  • NELLA in Gianni Schicchi
    NELLA in Gianni Schicchi
    Oct 19, 2019, 2:00 PM PDT
    Los Angeles Mission College, 13356 Eldridge Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342, USA
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  • NELLA in Gianni Schicchi
    NELLA in Gianni Schicchi
    Oct 18, 2019, 7:30 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!)
    JANINE in Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon (ENCORE!)
    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
    Patrick Simon Showcase
    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
    JANINE in Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon
    Jun 29, 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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  • JANINE in Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon
    JANINE in Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon
    Jun 23, 2019, 8:30 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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  • JANINE in Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon
    JANINE in Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon
    Jun 21, 2019, 10:00 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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  • JANINE in Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon
    JANINE in Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon
    Jun 15, 2019, 3:30 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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“Where words fail, music speaks”

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