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 Ms. Rivera
unique artistic collaborations with many of today's most celebrated composers, including
John Adams, Gabriela Lena Frank, Osvaldo Golijov, Jonathan Leshnoff, and Nico Muhly, and
has brought her together in collaboration with such esteemed conductors as Bernard Haitink,
Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Ms. Rivera was heralded in the world premiere of John Adams's opera A Flowering
Tree, singing the role of Kumudha in a production directed by Peter Sellars as part of
Vienna's New Crowned Hope Festival. She has performed A Flowering Tree for her
debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker with Sir Simon Rattle and, under the composer's
baton, with the Cincinnati Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic,
Orchestra of St. Luke's at Lincoln Center, and London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican.
The London performances were recorded and are commercially available on Nonesuch
Ms. Rivera has sung Kitty Oppenheimer in John Adams's Doctor Atomic with De
Nederlandse Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Finnish National Opera, and she has given
concert performances with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Her portrayal of
Kitty Oppenheimer was captured in Amsterdam and is commercially available on DVD on the BBC
/ Opus Arte label.
Ms. Rivera's 2013-2014 season features Donnacha Dennehy's That the Night Come
with Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra; Golijov's La Pasión
según San Marcos with Robert Spano and the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Mark Grey's
Fire Angels, Mahler's Fourth Symphony, and Vaughan Williams's Dona nobis
pacem with Mr. Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Philip Glass's the CIVIL
warS with Grant Gershon and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Mozart's Requiem with
David Robertson and The Cleveland Orchestra.
Committed to the art of recital, Ms. Rivera has performed in concert halls in New York,
Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Santa Fe, among others. She was deeply honored to perform a
Carnegie Hall-commissioned world premiere of a song cycle by Nico Muhly called The
Adulteress on the occasion of her Weill Recital Hall performance.