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Jessica Rivera


Jessica Rivera


Soprano Jessica Rivera is a frequent guest soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and is known for her work with contemporary composers. She originated the role of Kumudha in John Adams’s opera, A Flowering Tree, in a production directed by Peter Sellars as part of the New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna.

Since then, 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, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre.

Ms. Rivera made her European operatic debut as Kitty Oppenheimer in Peter Sellars’s acclaimed production of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic with the Netherlands Opera. She repeated that role in her debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; with the Metropolitan Opera under the direction of Alan Gilbert; and with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Recent appearances include the role of Pat Nixon in John Adams’s Nixon in China as part of a multi-city European tour with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer and two appearances at Carnegie Hall in the season as a part of the Hall’s “Voices from Latin America” focus.

Ms. Rivera’s other career highlights include the role of Margarita Xirgu in Madrid’s Teatro Real in Golijov’s Ainadamar; the Cartagena Festival in Colombia for Golijov’s La Pasión según San Marcos; her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; and a solo recital presented by San Francisco Performances.

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