Jemeesa Yarborough, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, made her national debut with Piedmont Opera in Robert Ward’s The Crucible. Yarborough has also made her European debut in the title role of Puccini’s Suor Angelica. She has been a young artist with Opera Saratoga(2016), Savannah Music Festival(2015) and Music Academy International(2015).
This season, Yarborough will make her Opera Wilmington debut as Mimi, in Puccini's La Boheme. In 2018, she was awarded 1st place in the Heafner/Williams competition. Yarborough has been the recipient of two District awards from Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in both North Carolina, in 2019 and 2017, and South Carolina, in 2016. She was a semifinalist in Houston Grand Opera’s 2016 Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers. Yarborough was awarded 1st place in the Euterpe Music Club of Greensboro Vocal Scholarship(2010) and received Senah C. and C.A. Kent Foundation Scholarship(2012).
Yarborough has appeared as the soloist for many works, including the southeast premiere of Raminsh's Missa Brevis in C Minor, Fauré’s Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (2018).