Acclaimed for "scrupulous musicianship...gorgeous sound and stylistic acuity" [The Washington Post], soprano Rosa Lamoreaux is known for her flawless sense of style and incandescent presence, charming her audiences and earning the accolades of critics and colleagues alike. In appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Kennedy Center and Strathmore Center, in opera and oratorio, chamber music and as a recitalist, Ms. Lamoreaux's performances have been cited as combining "fresh lyricism and near-angelic purity of tone with surprising intensity" [The Washington Post]. Recent and highlights include Handel's Messiah with the Rogue Symphony Orchestra, Rameau and Lully with Opera Lafayette in Washington DC and New York City, St. John Passion of J.S. Bach at Strathmore Center for the Arts, French baroque cantatas in Philadelphia with the early music orchestra Tempesta di Mare, live film scores for Hollywood's silent movies for Early Music Columbus, Ohio, and performances with the Folger Consort, and with her newest venture, OpenPageEnsemble commissioning and performing works of 20th and 21st c. composers.
Ms. Lamoreaux has been soloist for conductors Robert Shaw, Ryan Brown, Bruno Weil, Sir David Willcocks, Greg Funfgeld, J. Reilly Lewis, and Norman Scribner; performing with the Atlanta, Dallas, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras, Opera Lafayette, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, the Washington Chamber Orchestra, and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. Her extensive repertoire includes J.S. Bach's St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, and the B Minor Mass, Bach cantatas, the Monteverdi Vespers, Purcell's Come Ye Sons of Art and The Fairy Queen, Handel's Messiah, Esther, Saul, Ode to St. Cecilia, Israel in Egypt, and Judas Maccabeus, and masses of Haydn and Mozart, Debussy's La Damoiselle Élue, Copland's In the Beginning, and Knoxville, Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber, among many other major works.
Ms. Lamoreaux has earned a solid reputation in the realms of early and contemporary opera with leading roles including Venus in Cavalli's Didone; in operas of Handel, Cleopatra Giulio Cesare, Galatea in Acis and Galatea, Romilda in Xerxes; Belinda and Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and most recently, the Mother in the premiere of Lost Childhood, by Janice Hamer, with the National Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a recitalist her venues also include the Terrace Theatre, the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery, the Holocaust Museum, and the Phillips Collection. In demand as a chamber music performer, Ms. Lamoreaux has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, and performs with the Folger Consort, Four Nations Ensemble, ArcoVoce, and Musica Aperta, in wide-ranging small-ensemble repertoire spanning early chant to present-day works. She is the recipient of numerous WAMMIE awards.
Many of her concerts and recitals are broadcast over PBS, BBC, and CBC. Her recordings reflect the breadth and stylistic versatility of her repertoire - from 12th-century Hildegard von Bingen to today's Stephen Paulus. Rosa's newest CDs "Oh, So Nice" featuring songs from the Great American Songbook in imaginative arrangements by Rosa, Betty Bullock, piano, and Jon Nazdin, string bass, and "Evening Serenade", a beautiful mix of songs for voice, guitar and strings including transcriptions of Mozart and Schubert are available on CDBABY.com.
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Video clips from the 10 year memorial concert to September 11th at the Trinity Episcopal Church in New York
Bethlehem Bach Choir, Greg Funfgeld, Conductor
Cantata 140, Wachet Auf
Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano
William Sharp, baritone
Mary Watt, oboe
Elizabeth Fields, violin
Tomas Goeman, organ