Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano
Rosa Lamoreaux, lyric soprano, has been hailed for her versatile musicianship and her radiant, engaging, and effortless singing. In repertoire from Barber and Bernstein to Bach, Berlioz and Broadway, her work has been critically acclaimed both on stage and on CD. She has appeared repeatedly with the National Philharmonic Orchestra at Strathmore Hall, and with the Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Dallas Symphonies among others. Lamoreaux has recorded a wide range of material on CD, and is guest artist with Hesperus, The Musicians from Marlboro, Tempesta di Mare, and other distinguished ensembles.
Acknowledged as one of the finest Bach soloists of her time, Rosa Lamoreaux and has sung in countless performances of the B Minor Mass, including The Bethlehem Bach Festival Choir performance at Carnegie Hall. And her 2013 performances of Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Choir brought fresh praise from the Washington Post: "Lamoreaux was also excellent, expertly modulating her silvery tone for the various roles she took."
Rosa Lamoreaux has graced the stages of renowned concert halls worldwide, including The Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Library of Congress. In Europe she has appeared at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and at the Reingau Music Festival, La Fenice Chamber Music Festival, Scandinavian Music Festival and the Louvre and Belvedere Schloss among other distinguished venues. Recently, Ms. Lamoreaux made two South American tours, appeared in the Folger Library production of Purcell's The Fairie Queen with actors Derek Jacobi and Lynn Redgrave, and sung two sets of subscription concerts with the Dallas Symphony in back-to-back weeks.
In addition to her extensive solo work, Rosa Lamoreaux is Artistic Director of Gallery Voices, an ensemble of six to twelve singers performing mixed repertoire.
Ms. Lamoreaux's musical gifts were evident from a remarkably early age. She sang recognizable tunes before she could talk and before she was eight proved to be a gifted instrumentalist in both piano and cello. TheWashington Post has described her singing as "one of Washington's greatest natural resources", and her performances at the Bach festivals of Bethlehem, Carmel, and in Leipzig, Halle Germany have been similarly acclaimed. She has performed recitals in Germany, Italy, Austria, Denmark, England and Brazil as well as numerous concerts in the United States. Critics and audiences alike praise Ms. Lamoreaux for her "remarkable scope," her "incandescent presence" and her "stunningly beautiful" voice which "floats across the music." And during the winter of 2005, the Washington Post wrote "on Friday, the knockout star of the evening was neither of those headliners, but Carissimi, a generation their senior, whose lovely motet "Salve, Salve Puellule" was sung by soprano Rosa Lamoreaux with a combination of intimacy, warmth and sensuality."
She is equally at home in recitals or sharing the stage with a chorus and orchestra. She particularly enjoys the challenges and rewards of vocal chamber music where "you are part of the instrument, not the only instrument."
Ms. Lamoreaux has performed as a soloist with BrunoWeil at the Carmel Bach Festival, Robert Shaw at both the Atlanta Symphony and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras, with Sir David Willcocks at the Bethlehem Bach Festival, and at the Kennedy Center for Norman Scribner and the Choral Arts Society; J. Reilly Lewis and the Cathedral Choral Society and the Washington Bach Consort; and Stephen Simon and the Washington Chamber Orchestra.
An active chamber music performer and has toured with "Musicians From Marlboro"; Ms. Lamoreaux is the soprano in the award winning Vocal Arts Quartet which has been featured at many European Music Festivals; and is also a member of Hesperus, performing music of renaissance Spain, baroque South America and France, and medieval and renaissance Eastern Europe. Many of her performances have been broadcasted on National Public Radio, including recitals at the Kennedy Center, Bach Cantatas at the Bethlehem Bach Festival, Spain in the New World with Hesperus, and Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Lamoreaux's wide range of recordings include Bach's B minor Mass for Dorian, works by Berlioz, Stephen Foster, and Charles Ives, songs of the French renaissance theatre on Koch with Hesperus, "Christmas with The Choral Arts Society' and "Masters in this Hall" for Gothic, and a new recording of the chants of Hildegard von Bingen for Koch International. Ms. Lamoreaux is also featured on three CDs of the "Best of the Fest" from the Carmel Bach Festival. Ms. Lamoreaux's degrees include an Associate Degree in Performance from Royal College of Music, London, and a Master of Music from University of Redlands, CA.
In addition to being an active performer, Ms. Lamoreaux enjoys teaching. She has recently served as a member of the faculty at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. For several years she has taught master classes for the Carmel Bach Festival's Virginia Best Adams Vocal Program for promising young soloists, as well as for Western Michigan University, La Sierra University, Sonoma Junior College, Southern Missionary University, and the Smithsonian Institution.
"[Lamoreaux's] silvery vibrance recalls that of such exponents of the Austro-German school as Gundula Janowitz and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf."
Wall Street Journal
"Lamoreaux ranged from poignant love to bucolic recollection to savage anger and projected death, finding an apt color for each emotion and treating the musical line with respect."
"Beyond her gleaming, spot-on high notes and cascades of silver-toned runs, she possesses an intelligence and scrupulous musicianship that pay dividends in all the music she performs...everything was sung with gorgeous sound and stylistic acuity."
"Rosa Lamoreaux the strongest and clearest..."
The New York Times
"Musically, it couldn't have been tastier, for it blended wit and sonority, ironic comment with musical devices to burnish that irony. That Lamoreaux sang while raising a coffee cup at significant moments only furthered the message that art and entertainment can go hand in hand."
"She nuanced phrases with sensitivity and ornamented cadences with liquid grace."
"This is not a conventional symphony, but a song cycle... Soprano Rosa Lamoreaux sang with impassioned expression." [Shostakovich Symphony #14]
"...a quite astonishing ear for the tart, specific "there-ness" of a given vocal style..."
The Boston Globe
"A wonderfully rich timbre and an amazingly flexible voice...combined with her excellent diction, technical mastery and engaging personality makes for a first-rate performer."
"...[her] bright tone rode Cavalli's melodic curves vividly"
"Rosa Lamoreaux sang affectingly" [Messiah, The Dallas Symphony]
"Lamoreaux displayed a resplendent top range, giving greater definition and brilliance to the sound."
"There was some notable solo singing.......and soprano Rosa Lamoreaux's sweetly emotive tone in her solitary Mass aria, "Laudamus Te", which made me wish she had been given more opportunity to he heard."
The Wall Street Journal
"A soprano of delicious temperament and outstanding vocal focus."
"Ms. Lamoreaux possesses a remarkable scope, ranging from the petite to the grand, as she showed in a memorable rendition of Vilja from Lehar's The Merry Widow. Ranging from melancholy to romance, her classically lyric voice summed up the evening's emotional range.
The Washington Times
"...a voice whose pure beauty is one of Washington's richest natural resources."
The Washington Post
Handel: Gaude, tellus...
Bach: Et Exsultavit
Our Love is Here to Stay
Voyage a Paris