Jazmin DeRice, mezzo soprano, is a Maine-based musician and performer. Known for her intensity on stage and eclectic musical influences, DeRice’s approach to the classical genre can be considered left of center. Raised in a rural town with minimal exposure to classical music, it is her prerogative to make classical music accessible and relevant to people of all walks of life. Recently, DeRice moved back to Maine from NYC where she worked closely with many young conductors and artistic directors. Recent performances include “Genevieve” in Floating Opera NY’s production of Pelleas et Melisande, “Dryad” in Ariadne auf Naxos with Utopia Opera, and “Nancy” in Albert Herring with Bronx Opera. DeRice has been featured as a soloist for oratorio and concerts throughout New York City, New Jersey and Maine and has received many awards throughout her career including the Lilian Nordica Award. While opera and art song have been a strong focal point for DeRice the past decade, she has not lost ties with her original musical roots. Recent and upcoming projects include writing and performing with musicians in the Portland area in styles ranging from metal to funk to spontaneous song.