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Jessica Rivera
Songs from My Soul
September 28, 2011

With her uncommonly beautiful vocal luster and exceptional musical intelligence, the ravishing Los Angeles based soprano has established herself as one of the premiere interpreters of 20th and 21st century music. Her deeply spiritual connection and religious convictions, along with an innate ability to communicate intense emotional expression in her voice, make her singing truly the extension of her soul. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience the extraordinary interpretive artistry of Ms. Rivera in concert at the Branson with an intimately conceived recital of sacred songs illuminating the universality of God and Love.

Performances of the 2010-11 season include John Adams’s El Niño under the composer’s baton at the San Francisco Symphony and at the Edinburgh International Festival with James Conlon and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Golijov’s She Was Here with Roberto Minczuk and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Britten’s Spring Symphony with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with Franz Welser-Möst for a debut with the Cleveland Orchestra. Ms. Rivera covers the role of Pat Nixon for the Metropolitan Opera’s company premiere of Nixon in China directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by John Adams, and joins the Grammy Award-winning Beninoise singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo for the world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Hope: An Oratorio at the Kimmel Center with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia conducted by Mr. Minczuk. Carnegie Hall and Cal Performances Berkeley co-commission a work for Jessica Rivera written by Mark Grey to a libretto by Niloufar Talebi: Atash Sorushan (Fire Angels) which receives its premiere during recital presentations at Zankel Hall and Hertz Hall in a collaboration with pianist Molly Morkoski and the MEME Chamber Ensemble.

$25 in advance / $30 at door / $20 students

Concert begins at 8:00 p.m.

Learn more about Jessica Rivera by visiting her website!

What People Are Saying

"Vocally luminous"

- The New York Times

"Jessica Rivera was the shining soprano."

- The Los Angeles Times

"The vocal lines took on a hallucinatory power as sung by the silvery soprano Jessica Rivera."

- Chicago Tribune

"In a string of brilliant appearances with the San Francisco and, most recently, Berkeley Symphony orchestras, soprano Jessica Rivera has established herself as a singer of uncommon vocal luster and musical intelligence."

- San Francisco Classical Voice

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