Soprano Jessica Rivera “has carved out a place in the contemporary music world, with important productions of Golijov's Ainadamar and John Adams's Nixon in China and A Flowering Tree,” wrote Judith Malafronte in a July Opera News review of Rivera’s Zankel Hall recital last spring. Rivera is an artist who deeply inhabits all the music she sings, and the reviewer noted that the recital included “a magical performance” of Debussy’s Ariettes Oubliées. “A thoughtful artist, Rivera is especially alive to Schumann's postludes [in Frauenliebe und Leben]; the long final piano reminiscence brought the singer silently but most expressively from the pain of her husband's death, through determination and comfort, to a final transcendence."
In November Rivera appears for the first time with the Finnish National Opera where she will reprise the role of Kitty Oppenheimer in Adams’s Doctor Atomic. Earlier this summer Rivera sat down with Olivia Giovetti for a live online chat about the music of John Adams for WQXR’s Q2. Read the archive of the chat.
- Nov 4-30: Finnish National Opera (Adams: Doctor Atomic - Kitty Oppenheimer)
- Jan 10-15: Cartagena Festival (Golijov: La Pasión según San Marcos)
- Feb 3-5: Kansas City Symphony/Michael Stern (Mahler: Symphony No. 2)
- Feb 28 & Mar 5: Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Bernard Haitink; Amsterdam-Concertgebouw & Paris-Salle Pleyel (Beethoven: Symphony No. 9)