Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Jessica Rivera’s creative collaborations

After the Edinburgh Festival this summer, and before her Brazil debut singing the role of Margarita Xirgu in Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar, soprano Jessica Rivera traveled across Spain in the footsteps of the opera’s subject, poet Federico Garcia Lorca. This “research trip” to learn more and deepen her portrayals is just part of what makes Rivera a favorite of today’s leading composers: Golijov, John Adams and Nico Muhly, among others. Asked what her art is about, she answers, simply, “I want to move people.” And so she is, while collaborating with the likes of conductors Robert Spano, Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Sir Simon Rattle.

The young Californian’s discography includes Golijov’s Grammy Award-winning Ainadamar with the Atlanta Symphony and Le Pasión según Marcos with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra (both for Deutsche Grammophon), Poulenc with the Chicago Symphony, Vaughan Williams with Atlanta (Telarc), John Adams’s A Flowering Tree with the London Symphony (Nonesuch) and his Doctor Atomic with Netherlands Opera on DVD (BBC/Pro Arte) in which she sings the role of Kitty Oppenheimer.

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