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Ann Moss, Soprano; Igor Viera, Baritone Karen Rosenak, Piano
May 1, 2018
Ann Moss, Soprano; Igor Viera, Baritone Karen Rosenak, Piano

Franz Schubert: Ave Maria

Gabriel Fauré: Les Berceaux: La Chanson du pêcheur

Alan Berg:  Sieben Frühe Lieder

Brazilian Art Songs: Jayme Ovalle; Hector Villa Lobos; Alberto Nepomuceno; Francisco Mignone

W.A. Mozart: Crudel, perchè finora ( from: Le Nozze di Figaro, Act III

Pietro Mascagni: Ave Maria

Soprano Ann Moss is an acclaimed recording artist and champion of contemporary vocal music who performs and collaborates with a dynamic array of living composers. Her high, silvery, flexible voice has been singled out by Opera News for “beautifully pure floated high notes” and by San Francisco Classical Voice for “powerful expression” and “exquisite phrasing.” In addition to working closely with well-known composers such as Jake Heggie, John Harbison, Kaija Saariaho, David Conte and Aaron Jay Kernis, Ann seeks out and performs music by emerging voices at forums and festivals across the USA. Highlights of the 2017-2018 concert season include world premieres by Keiko Fujiie and Christophe Chagnard for Seattle-based Music of Remembrance, the world premiere of Songs for the Seasons composed for Moss by David Conte, a residency with the Rivers School Conservatory Composition Seminar, the world premiere of Hard Stones composed for Moss by Griffin Candey to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, and solo appearances with Belmont Festival Orchestra, Redwood Symphony and San Francisco Symphony. As co-founder and Artistic Director of new-music repertory group CMASH, Moss has been personally responsible for the creation and premiere of over ninety art songs, works of vocal chamber music and operatic roles, and has been a featured soloist with Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, SF Contemporary Music Players, Earplay, Eco Ensemble, West Edge Opera, the Ives, Alexander, Lydian and Hausmann String Quartets, Composers in Red Sneakers, at FENAM, Other Minds Festival, Fresno New Music, PARMA and Switchboard Music Festival, among others. Ann Moss has lectured about vocal composition at MIT, UC Davis, Longy School of Music of Bard College, NYU Tisch School For The Arts, University of Houston Morse School of Music, University of Texas-Pan America, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sacramento State University, and CSU Los Angeles. Moss’s debut album Currents (Angels Share Records, 2013), produced and recorded by multi-GRAMMY® award winner Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound, features extraordinary new and recent American vocal/chamber music Ann has championed over the past decade. Moss returned to Skywalker in 2015 with pianists Steven Bailey and Jake Heggie, cellist Emil Miland, violinist Isaac Allen, and GRAMMY® award-winning ensemble Chanticleer to record songs by Heggie, Wade, Lennon/McCartney, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan for her sophomore album, Love Life (Angels Share Records, 2016). She can also be heard on PARMA, Naxos, Albany, Navona Records and Jaded Ibis Productions labels. A native of Boston and a graduate of Hampshire College, the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and San Francisco Conservatory, Ann Moss currently resides and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, violist Justin Ouellet. Ann is a Reiki practitioner, enthusiastic Yogi, and pursues a lifelong interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

Hailed by Opera News Magazine as “superb,” and “show-stealing,” and as “a triumph” by the San Francisco Chronicle, baritone Igor Vieira made his professional debut in his native Rio de Janeiro at age 17 singing the role of  Dancaïre in Bizet’s Carmen.

Subsequent roles have included the title roles in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Debussy’s Pélleas et Mélisande as well as Junius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Lescaut in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, Tonio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, Alberich in Wagner’s Siegfried and most recently the title role in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

Mr. Vieira has professionally performed 97 different operatic rolesranging from the Baroque Period to World Premiers with such companies as the San Francisco Opera, the Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil,) Opera Santa Barbara, Sacramento Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Teatro Solis (Urugay,) Tacoma Opera, Fresno Grand Opera, Teatro Barakaldo (Spain,) West Bay Opera, Berkeley Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Fremont Opera, Rimrock Opera, Festival Opera/Walnut Creek, Oakland Opera Theater, Teatro São Pedro (Brazil,) Palácio das Artes (Brazil,) Tacoma Opera, Pocket Opera, Opera San Luis Obispo, Abilene Opera, Ars Minerva, Berkeley Chamber Opera, Hidden Valley Opera, Opera Parallele, Opera in Williamsburg, Townsend Opera and the Opera Festivals of Belem and Manaus in Brazil as well as the Tiburon Music Festival, the Mendocino Music Festival and Napa’s Festival del Sole and Napa’s Zarzuela Festival in the US.

In June of 2010, Mr. Vieira had the honor of making his San Francisco Opera debut in the role of Happy in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West. In the Fall of 2011, Mr. Vieira was invited back to the San Francisco Opera stage in the role of Gubetta in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia with Renee Fleming in the title role, where he was favorably mentioned in virtually every review of the production. This production of Lucrezia Borgia has recently been commercially released in video by the EuroArts label to critical acclaim.

Mr. Vieira is a world finalist of the 1995 Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition in Philadelphia, a recipient of the Margareth Tudor Award (Princeton) for two consecutive years and the Kaplan Foundation Award (Kansas City) for outstanding artistry. He was also awarded Second Place in the East Bay Opera League Voice Competition in 2006 and was a semi-finalist of the Competizione d’Opera in Dresden – Germany in 2008.

In the concert and oratorio fields, Mr. Vieira has performed the baritone solo part in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the National Symphony in Bogotá (Colombia,) the Marin and the Merced Symphonies in California (USA) as well as the Amazonas Philharmonic in Manaus (Brazil.) He has also performed Mozart’s Requiem with the Silicon Valley Symphony, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C minor and Saint-Saens’s Christmas Oratorio with the MasterWorks Chorale in San Mateo – California, the Durufle’s Requiem with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra and the Marin Symphony, as well as Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Napa Valley Symphony.  In Brazil, Mr. Vieira sang Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Guarulhos Youth Symphony, the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro and with the Brazilian National Symphony in Brasilia.

Recently Mr. Vieira has toured Europe singing the soloist parts in Mozart’s Grand Mass in C minor in Hungary and Slovakia as well as the Dvorak’s Requiem at the world famous Dvorak’s Hall in Prague – Czech Republic. He has also made his San Francisco Symphony debut at Davies Concert Hall, singing the baritone solos in Orff’s Carmina Burana and his Kennedy Center debut, singing the baritone solo in Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with the Washington Chorus and Orchestra.

Mr. Vieira holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton – New Jersey, and a Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Karen Rosenak served as pianist and founding member of new music ensembles San Francisco-based Earplay, the Empyrean Ensemble at UC Davis, and performed with other Bay Area new music ensembles as well, including Left Coast and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Retired from full-time teaching, but currently administering piano instruction part-time at UC Berkeley, she has continued to maintain an active performance schedule. Recent performances include West Edge’s Snapshot in Berkeley and San Francisco, and a presentation on the Clementi fortepiano in the DeBellis Collection at San Francisco State University. She performed a Haydn piano concerto with the New Esterhazy Quartet in March and coaches fortepiano in conjunction with their summer classical music workshop offered through SFEMS (San Francisco Early Music Society). Highlights of the 2017-18 season are an all Brahms concert at the Freight and Salvage along-side violist Ben Simon and contralto Karen Clark, Kurt Rhode’s “Death and a Knight’ with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, as well as recitals with Soprano Ann Moss and Baritone Igor Vieira.