Jess Hitchcock is an award-winning opera singer, composer and songwriter. She is an Indigenous performer with family origins from Saibai in the Torres Straits and Papua New Guinea. Performing nationwide and overseas with Kate Miller-Heidke over the last 6 years, Jess has also joined forces in powerful performances with Paul Kelly (2019, 2020, 2021), Archie Roach (2020) and Tina Arena (2021).
Jess devoted the last decade to working with Australia’s Indigenous opera company Short Black Opera with Deborah Cheetham AO as a performer, composer and instructor. Jess has also proudly contributed to Mission Songs Project and Dhungala Children’s Choir. In 2016, Jess was awarded a prestigious Green Room Award for Best Female in Opera Australia’s The Rabbits. In 2019 Jess received the Indigenous Music and Media Professional Development Award, Smuggler of Light. Jess has just recently finished her debut season with Bangarra Dance theatre, starring in their new production of Wudjang: Not the Past. Jess is now devoting the rest 2022 to releasing and touring her anticipated studio album.