When Jackie first saw the musical Cats in London in 1984, she didn’t dare dream that one day she herself would be performing in that legendary musical.  Two years later in Amsterdam, she learned that some dreams do come true when she was cast in the role of Jellylorum after no less than seven rounds of intense auditions. Thus began Jackie van Oppen her career as a cat in Carré.

More recently in 2009, she scored a well deserved hit with the role of Mother Superior in the musical classic, The Sound of Music, resulting in a nomination for a John Kraaijkamp Musical Award.

Initially Jackie intended acting to be her chosen profession and though accepted by the Toneelschool Maastricht (drama), left the program before completion. After several life detours, she decided to continue her studies at De Muziek Dramatische Afdeling at the conservatorium. She completed these studies in 1991.

During this time, Jackie created some quite spectacular roles; the previously mentioned role in Cats in 1987 and the role of the opera singer, Jenny Lind, in the musical Barnum 1988/89.

After her studies, Jackie became a soloist with De Hoofdstad Operette and sang, among other splendid roles: Barones de Gondremark in La Vie Parisienne, Julia in Der Vetter aus Dingsda and Orlofski in Die Fledermaus (concert version).

As verstile a performer as Jackie is, she did not let the chance to appear in the series Onderweg naar Morgen slip by her. So for a year during 1994/95, she appeared in the role of Suzanne van Wetering.

In the straight theater, there followed several small-scale productions such as Kaatje is verdronken (Irma) and Stil spel (Elsje).

In Daniëla, a children’s opera composed by Pablo Escande for Buffo Operamakers, she created the role of Rafaëla, which was written especially for her.

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