Rosa Lamoreaux

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. Ms. Lamoreaux has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Kennedy Center, and the Music Center at Strathmore, in opera, oratorio, chamber music and as a recitalist. Recent highlights include Handel’s Messiah with the Rogue Symphony Orchestra, operas by Rameau and Lully with Opera Lafayette in Washington, DC and New York City, J.S. Bach's St. John Passion at the Music Center at Strathmore, French Baroque cantatas in Philadelphia with 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, which commissions and performs works by contemporary composers.

Ms. Lamoreaux has been a soloist for conductors Robert Shaw, Ryan Brown, Bruno Weil, Sir David Willcocks, Greg Funfgeld, J. Reilly Lewis, and Norman Scribner, and has performed 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 such works as 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.

Ms. Lamoreaux has performed leading roles in early and contemporary operas, including Venus in Cavalli's Didone; Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, Galatea in Acis and Galatea, Romilda in Xerxes; Belinda and Dido in 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 she has performed in such venues as the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 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 Four Nations Ensemble, ArcoVoce, and Musica Aperta. She is the recipient of numerous Washington Area Music Awards.

Many of her concerts and recitals are broadcast over PBS, BBC, and CBC. Ms. Lamoreaux’s most recent recordings include Soulful Bach, beloved arias and duets with William Sharp, baritone and members of Four Nations Ensemble; Oh, So Nice featuring songs from the Great American Songbook in her own imaginative arrangements with Betty Bullock, piano, and Jon Nazdin, string bass; and Evening Serenade, a recording of songs for voice, guitar and strings including transcriptions of Mozart and Schubert.

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