What's happening...



 My new play - All I Want is One Night - is being produced by the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester in June 2016. It's about the French cabaret singer Suzy Solidor, who was also the most painted woman in the world. I'll be performing the role of Solidor. The production will be directed by Sarah Frankcom - dates to follow. Other 2016 projects include The Nightwatch for the Royal Exchange Theatre and The Rattler for Mahogany Opera Group.

The CD of The Girl I Left Behind Me recently won the broadway.com award for best new UK cast recording. 

Reviews for my recent performance at the Adelaide Festival  with Gavin Bryars in Mercy and Grand - the Tom Waits project:

Limelight magazine:
Opening dramatically with dynamic tango A Little Drop of Poison, Jess Walker, ahead of the Bryars-led ensemble chiming in on chorus, owned the stage. With maximum sass she performed a cracking selection of Waits/Brennan; these fabulous lyrical tales well told, and consummately performed. -

BWW classical.com: 

Jess Walker slipped effortlessly between the roles of Mezzo Soprano and Hooker from Minneapolis. It was utterly brilliant.

Realtime Magazine 

In this set, Gavin Bryars  introduced us to the superb mezzo soprano Jess Walker who evocatively rendered the tragedy of life that permeates these songs.

A CD of this concert will be released in 2016. Details to follow. 

Other news... 

I spent this Summer as the singer in Caryl  Churchill's The Skriker, in a co-production between The Royal Exchange Theatre and the Manchester International Festival, with new music by Nico Muhly. 

The Girl I Left Behind Me has been released as a CD on the Original Cast Recordings label. We recorded it in New York in October. Here's a link to a lovely review of it:


It is currently available to buy or download at the following outlets:







The Girl I Left Behind Me is published by Oberon Books and can be purchased from: http://oberonbooks.com/girl-i-left-behind-me.html

 Mercy and Grand - the Tom Waits Project,  my CD with Opera North and Gavin Bryars, is out now on the GB label, and can be purchased on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B007G283S6/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?ref_=tsm_1_fb_lk