Australian-British conductor Jessica Cottis made her Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season conducting Na’ama Zisser’s Mamzer Bastard at the Hackney Empire. She returns in the 2018/19 Season to conduct the world premiere of The Monstrous Child.
Cottis was born in Australia, and studied organ, piano and musicology at the Australian National University, organ with Marie-Claire Alain in Paris and conducting at London’s Royal Academy of Music. She was Assistant Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 2009–11, Assistant Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra 2012–14, and founded Bloomsbury Opera while still a student. She has worked with orchestras including Sydney Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Concert Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Orchestra of Opera North and Scottish Opera Orchestra. She conducted at the BBC Proms in 2016 and 2017 and in 2018 she gave the world premiere of Philip Venables’s The Gender Agenda with the London Sinfonietta. In 2016 she conducted Prince Igor for Chelsea Opera Group.
Cottis has also conducted many ‘Film with Live Orchestra’ productions (including The Addams Family and Vertigo). She has been involved in education projects with organizations including Aldeburgh Music and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, led courses for female conductors with London’s Royal Philharmonic Society and contributed to many BBC radio programmes. She is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.