Soprano Felicia Moore’s reading of Lady Macbeth’s “Vieni, t’affretta” was riveting. She recited Macbeth’s letter in Shakespeare’s English; when she launched into the aria itself, her forceful attack registered as a call to action. Moore’s soprano exhibited both scale and focus; in its lower reaches, it suggested the dark forces propelling Verdi’s antiheroine. The trills fell exactly into place; the articulation of the polacca rhythms was both accurate and tremendously exciting.
Opera News, Fred Cohn
The overall impression at the opening on Saturday evening was of grandeur rather than clarity — particularly given the lustrous, commanding soprano Felicia Moore, who sings Susan B. Anthony, not wrongly, like the heiress to Wagner’s Isolde and Strauss’s Ariadne. Ms. Moore scales down her gleaming voice for the work’s many intimate passages, but this is still an enactment of Susan B. as mythical goddess.
The New York Times, Zachary Woolfe
The whole enterprise centered on Juilliard alumna Felicia Moore, a genuine jugendliche dramatische soprano of exciting potential (and present accomplishment). Giving sharp profile to Susan B.’s moods and utterances, Moore soared through her testing music with stunning beauty and accuracy, heroically anchoring a memorable evening.
Opera News, David Shengold
Felicia Moore was spellbinding as Susan B., her enormous voice and expressive face carrying the evening, conveying a woman who, even as she creates it, is already thinking about how she will fit into to history. She knows she’s right; women must have the vote. She tirelessly debates men whom she knows will never vote her laws. She answers their every call to speak. But, as she says in her final scene, when she appears as a ghost, singing from her unveiled statue: “Do we want what we have got? Has it not gone? What made it live? Has it not gone because it is had?” Moore handled these shifts in mood, from self-doubt to staunchness, with honesty, warmth, and a hint of irony. She’s got a powerful voice…searing and wall-shaking at its heights. Her best moments were when she got to rein it in, showing her ability to sing with grace, clarity, and tenderness.
Parterre, Gabrielle Ferrari
Soprano Felicia Moore’s catalytic performance as Anthony was the driving force behind this grand collaboration. From the moment Moore entered The Met’s American Wing, wearing Anthony’s quintessential black dress uniform, one might have felt the weight of a life’s promise for a better world, which Moore brilliantly channeled throughout her entire performance. Moore’s understanding of Anthony’s life was supremely told and examined through the colors and tone of her voice. She sang not only with conviction as Anthony, but also with hope for modern day. Moore’s palate of emotional depth was limitless in its ability. One might say this was Moore’s initial performance of a lifetime and the potential foretelling of an opera magnate career ahead.
Opera Wire, Jennifer Pyron
Felicia Moore’s opulent, Wagner-scaled soprano could probably have dispensed with the amplification. She captured Susan B.’s determination as well as her exhaustion…
The Wall Street Journal, Heidi Waleson
Felicia Moore, a Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts alumna, is the terrific Susan, with a soprano and presence of Wagnerian authority.
The Financial Times, John Rockwell
Moore’s voice is bigger and more distinctly operatic in character, and it took her the space of a song or two to fully wrestle it to the more intimate scale of a song recital. But once she did, the results were transfixing, marked by tonal brilliance and emotional eloquence.
The San Francisco Chronicle, Joshua Kosman
Felicia Moore brought a steely fury to Donna Elvira.
The Wall Street Journal, Heidi Waleson
American soprano Felicia Moore is recognized as a powerful and innovative emerging artist having made music in partnership with Alan Gilbert, Anne Manson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Speranza Scappucci, Gary Thor Wedow, and Brian Zeger among others.
In the current season, Felicia Moore joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for First Lady in The Magic Flute led by Lothar Koenigs and sings the role of Susan B. Anthony in The Mother of Us All at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a part of Project 19, the New York Philharmonic’s multi-season initiative marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees women the right to vote in the United States. Other highlights of the season include the Verdi Requiem with Music Director Alexander Shelley conducting the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Music Director Rafael Payare and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at Arizona Opera, and Lady Macbeth in a newly constructed version of Verdi’s Macbeth with Heartbeat Opera.Read More
Felicia Moore sang Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni last season for Palm Beach Opera, Heartbeat Opera, and with Chamber Music Northwest and she made her debut with Donato Cabrera and the Las Vegas Philharmonic in performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Highlights of the recent past also include Britten’s The Turn of the Screw at Opera Columbus and the title role of Janáček’s Katya Kabanova conducted by Anne Manson in a new production by Stephen Wadsworth at Juilliard.
Accomplishments during her tenure at Juilliard include Copland’s Twelve Emily Dickinson Songs with pianist Brian Zeger at Juilliard’s Songfest, a solo debut at Alice Tully Hall as winner of Juilliard’s Vocal Arts Honors Recital presenting a program of Sibelius, Wagner and Copland with pianist Chris Reynolds, and with the Juilliard Orchestra workshop selections from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Alan Gilbert, Mozart’s Ch‘io mi scordi di te? …Non temer, amato bene, K. 505conducted by Gary Thor Wedow, and Beethoven’s Ah! Perfido, Op. 65 led by Speranza Scappucci.
Ms. Moore’s training has included resident artist apprenticeships at San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Portland Opera, and the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute. In Europe she has participated in the Aix-en-Provence Festival’s Mozart Académie and in the International Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany under the tutelage of Edith Wiens.
Success in international vocal competition is demonstrated and supported by achievements in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Sullivan Foundation Competition, George London Foundation Competition, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Tenor Viñas International Singing Contest, Opera Index, and Fort Worth Opera’s McCammon Voice Competition. Felicia Moore was awarded the Birgit Nilsson Prize at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia in 2019, the Prix des Amis du Festival by the Aix-en-Provence Festival, First Prize from the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition and the Jensen Foundation, Second Prize at the National Opera Association Competition, the Florence and Paul DeRosa Prize from The Juilliard School, and grants from The Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Richard F. Gold Foundation, and the Wagner Society of New York.
Felicia Moore was awarded a 2018-19 Fellowship by Turn The Spotlight, a foundation created to identify, nurture, and empower leaders – and in turn, to illuminate the path to a more equitable future in the arts through mentorship by and for exceptional women, people of color, and other equity-seeking groups in the arts. She is a proud alumna of The Juilliard School, Mannes School of Music, and Westminster Choir College.
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