Shafali Jalota has been praised for her “stunning vocal technique and poised stage
presence” (Opera Today). She is based in London and has British and Indian heritage.
Shafali was born in the UK and began her training as a chorister at St. Albans Cathedral.
She moved with her family to the US at the age of ten, where she completed her
studies at the Peabody Institute, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the
Maryland Opera Studio. She is a prize-winner in the Metropolitan Opera National
Council Auditions, the Camille Coloratura Awards, the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship
Competition, and a finalist in the Bampton Classical Opera Competition.
She has performed internationally with companies including Glyndebourne, Opera Neo,
and Hampstead Garden Opera. Most recently, Shafali joined the Glyndebourne Chorus
for Dame Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers and performed Cinders/Dr B/Little Red Riding
Hood/Maid Marian in The Hive Opera. Her roles include Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro
(Hampstead Garden Opera, Amalfi Coast Summer Music Festival); Romilda, Serse
(Opera Neo); Suor Genovieffa, Suor Angelica (Random Opera Company, Halifax
Summer Opera Festival); and Rose Maurrant, Street Scene (Maryland Opera Studio).
Shafali joins the Extra Chorus of the Royal Opera House in Verdi’s Aida this Autumn,
and will revisit the role of Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone (Opera on the Move). She is
grateful for the support of the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program, St. Stephen’s
Rochester Row, and the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation.
“As Susanna, Shafali Jalota is radiant and captivating.”
Inge Kjemtrup, The Stage. Le nozze di Figaro (Hampstead Garden Opera, 2021)
“As Romilda, Shafali Jalota rose to the plot’s greatest dramatic challenge,
maintaining her loyalty to Arsamene while keeping the unrelenting, powerful
king at bay. Fortunately, the sparkling clarity of her ringing soprano gave
ample credence to her character’s virtue.”
Ken Herman, San Diego Story. Serse (Opera Neo, 2021)
“Shafali Jalota, as the put-upon Clori, is melting and mellifluous”.
Yehuda Shapiro, The Stage. L’Egisto (Hampstead Garden Opera, 2021)
“Other standouts are power soprano Shafali Jalota as the fierce Juno”.
Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune. La Calisto (Opera Neo, 2019)
“As Juno (or Giunone), soprano Shafali Jalota conjured a generous portion of
Queen-of-the-Night vengeance, adding an apt dramatic edge to her otherwise
ingratiating lyric soprano instrument.”
Ken Herman, San Diego Story. La Calisto. (Opera Neo, 2019)
“…Rose/Jalota’s stunning vocal technique and poised stage presence“.
Ruth Bright, Opera Today. Street Scene. (Maryland Opera Studio, 2019)
– Glyndebourne Chorus 2022 & BBC Proms debut in The Wreckers
– Royal Opera House Extra Chorus, 2022
– Chautauqua Opera Young Artist, 2020
– Encouragement Award, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions 2019