Possessing a voice praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “effortless precision and tonal luster,” Grammy Award-winning soprano Jessica Rivera is one of the most creatively inspired vocal artists before the public today. The intelligence, dimension, and spirituality with which she infuses her performances on great international concert and opera stages has garnered her unique artistic collaborations with many of today’s most celebrated composers, including John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Gabriela Lena Frank, Jonathan Leshnoff, Nico Muhly, and Paola Prestini, and has brought her together with such esteemed conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, Markus Stenz, Bernard Haitink, and Michael Tilson Thomas. An advocate of new music, the artist has lent her voice to a plethora of world premieres, including Adams’ opera A Flowering Tree, Frank’s Conquest Requiem, Golijov’s Ainadamar, Muhly’s song cycle The Adulteress, and Spano’s Hölderlin Lieder, a song cycle written specifically for her.
During the 2018/19 season, Jessica Rivera debuts at the Aspen and Grand Teton Music Festivals. Orchestral engagements include performances of the Mozart Requiem with the Louisville Orchestra conducted by Teddy Abrams, Handel’s Messiah with the Nashville Symphony and Giancarlo Guerrero, Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss with the Fort Worth Symphony and Robert Spano, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Søndergård. She gives recitals at the Tucson Desert Song Festival and the Society of Four Arts.