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Possessing a voice praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “effortless precision and tonal luster,” soprano Jessica Rivera is established as one of the most creatively inspired vocal artists before the public today. The intelligence, dimension, and spirituality with which she infuses her performances on the great international concert and opera stages has garnered the Grammy Award winner unique artistic collaborations with many of today’s most celebrated composers.
Ms. Rivera’s 2013-14 season features performances of Donnacha Dennehy’s That the Night Come with Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Fort Worth Symphony, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with Matthew Halls and the Houston Symphony, Golijov’s La Pasión según San Marcos with Roberto Spano and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mark Grey’s Fire Angels, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem all with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Philip Glass’ the CIVIL warS “The Rome Section” with Grant Gershon and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and Mozart’s Requiem with David Robertson conducting the Cleveland Orchestra. The artist reprises her acclaimed portrayal of Micaëla in Carmen for the Cincinnati Opera and, in a national recital tour, Jessica Rivera is joined by mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor and pianist Robert Spano for concerts at Carnegie Hall, Cal Performances, Berkeley, Kennesaw State University, Pepperdine University, and at Cincinnati’s Constella Festival. Ms. Rivera continues her Artist Residency Program with San Francisco Performances where she conducts workshops in classroom and community settings throughout the Bay Area encouraging young people to open their minds to the beauty and power of music as well as to the poetry and spirit behind the art of song.
Jessica Rivera will release two recordings this season – an exclusive iTunes release of Robert Spano’s Hölderlin-Lieder and her sophomore release with the Urtext label entitled Classical Spanish Songs with pianist L. Mark Carver.