Jessica Rivera

Jessica Rivera, soprano, is a Grammy-Award-winning vocalist who has collaborated with composers including John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Gabriela Lena Frank, Jonathan Leshnoff and Nico Muhly. She has worked wtih conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, Bernard Haitink and Michael Tilson Thomas. Recent orchestral highlights include Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Karina Canellakis and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Strauss’ Orchesterlieder with Johannes Stert and the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa in Lisbon. Jessica has worked closely with John Adams throughout her career. She perfomed in the world premiere of Adams’s opera A Flowering Tree, singing the role of Kumudha in a production directed by Peter Sellars as part of the New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna. Subsequently, she has performed the role for her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon and the Cincinnati Opera led by Joana Carneiro and, under Adams’ baton, with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre. Jessica has appeared in concert halls in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas and Santa Fe.