Soprano Rosa Lamoreaux, acclaimed for her "scrupulous musicianship...gorgeous sound and stylistic acuity" [The Washington Post], is engaged in an international career of broad scope, including solo recitals, chamber music, opera, and orchestral performances at distinguished concert venues around the world: Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall Proms, Kings College Chapel (Cambridge), Usher Hall (Edinburgh), St. David's Cathedral (Wales), the Rheingau Musik Festival (Germany), Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Scandinavian Music Festival, Belvedere Schloss (Vienna), La Fenice (Venice), the Amalfi Coast Music Festival, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Los Angeles), Chautauqua Institution (New York State), the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, Grace Cathedral (San Francisco), and the Washington National Cathedral, among others. Her concert tours abroad have included performances in Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Bolivia, and Japan.
After winning the Handel Aria Competition at the Aspen Music Festival, and an honor as finalist in the Oratorio Society Competition of New York, Ms. Lamoreaux became well-known for her radiant, engaging and effortless singing, flawless sense of style, and incandescent presence, charming her audiences and earning the accolades of critics and colleagues alike. She has been soloist for such prominent conductors as Robert Shaw, Bruno Weil, Sir David Willcocks, Greg Funfgeld, J. Reilly Lewis, and Norman Scribner, and her orchestral credits include the Atlanta, Dallas, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, the Washington Philharmonic, the Washington Chamber Orchestra, and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra.
Highly praised as a Bach soloist, Ms. Lamoreaux is featured regularly at the Bethlehem and Carmel Bach Festivals, and has performed at Bach festivals in Leipzig, Berlin, and Halle, Germany. She also appears frequently as an oratorio soloist with such foremost choral groups as the Bethlehem Bach Choir, the Washington Bach Consort, the Cathedral Choral Society, the National Philharmonic Chorale, and Choral Arts of Washington. A recent career highlight was her performance at the internationally-broadcast day-long concert commemorating the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, held at Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York, in collaboration with the Bethlehem Bach Choir and other musicians from New York, Washington, DC, Boston, and Pennsylvania. Her extensive repertoire encompasses J.S. Bach's St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, and the B Minor Mass, nearly all of the 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, oratorios and masses of Haydn, masses of Mozart, Debussy's La Damoiselle Élue, Copland's In the Beginning, and Knoxville, Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber, among many other major works.
Greatly in demand as a chamber music performer, she has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, and currently sings with the Folger Consort, Chatham Baroque, the Four Nations Ensemble, ARTEK, ArcoVoce, Hesperus, and Musica Aperta, in widely-ranging small-ensemble repertoire spanning early chant to the present day. Ms. Lamoreaux's exceptional vocal gifts and collaborative skills make her an ideal performance partner in intimate musical settings. One critic described her in this way: "A masterful art singer, flexible, brilliant and full of personality, but never overpowering of her colleagues." [Richmond (VA) News Leader]
Ms. Lamoreaux also has earned a solid reputation in the realms of early opera and musical theater. Her opera roles include Venus in Cavalli's Didone, Handel's Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare and Romilda in Xerxes, Belinda in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Serpina in La Serva Padrona of Pergolesi, Mozart's Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Lieschen in Bach's Coffee Cantata, and most recently, Dido in Handel's Dido and Aeneas. Her revues of popular Broadway classics are audience favorites, and she tours Britain with actress Catherine Flye and theater director Richard Clifford, presenting musical/dramatic sketches about the lives of beloved composers such as Ivor Novello and Cole Porter. She was honored to collaborate with actors Sir Derek Jacoby and the late Lynn Redgrave, with the Folger Consort, in concert performances combining Purcell's The Fairy Queen with readings from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, at Strathmore Hall and the Folger Shakespeare Theater in Washington, DC.
A notable feature of Ms. Lamoreaux's professional activity is her role as Artistic Director of the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble in Washington, DC, designing and performing small ensemble concerts in musical illumination of specific Gallery exhibits. As a solo and chamber recitalist, her art museum performance venues also include 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. She has recently received her seventh Washington Area Music Association WAMMIE award as Washington's Best Classical Vocalist.
Upcoming engagements in Ms. Lamoreaux's Spring-Summer 2012 concert season include Baltimore and Washington recitals with baritone William Sharp, performances at the Bethlehem and Carmel Bach Festivals, the Mozart Requiem at the Washington National Cathedral, the Bach B Minor Mass with the Cathedral Choral Society, Debussy's The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian with the Washington Philharmonic Orchestra, concerts of cabaret songs from the Renaissance through Cole Porter with the Four Nations Ensemble in New York City and Florida, performances at the Indianapolis and Washington Early Music Festivals, and an Ivor Novello tour in Great Britain.
In addition to her performance career, Ms. Lamoreaux enjoys teaching master-class sessions and private students. She has given master classes at the Carmel Bach Festival, Princeton University, Michigan State and Western Michigan Universities, Kalamazoo College, La Sierra University, and has presented voice classes for the Smithsonian Institution. Ms. Lamoreaux's music degrees include Associate of the Royal College of Music, London, and Master of Music, University of Redlands, CA.
Ms. Lamoreaux's concerts and recitals are frequently broadcast over PBS, BBC, and CBC. Her numerous recordings reflect the breadth and stylistic versatility of her repertoire - from 12th-century Hildegard von Bingen to today's Stephen Paulus.
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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