We conclude our 23rd season with a world premiere and grand symphonic finale! The Las Vegas Philharmonic celebrates the “edge effect” in Juan Pablo Contreras’ new orchestral work, shining a light on the Mexican-American communities that have flourished on the border, and in cities like Las Vegas. For our last note, the orchestra performs Beethoven’s 9th and final symphony with four dynamic vocalists and a jubilant chorus.
Noted by The Wall Street Journal for her “opulent, Wagner-scaled soprano” and acclaimed by The New York Times as the “lustrous, commanding soprano,” Felicia Moore is recognized by Opera News as “a genuine jugendliche dramatische soprano of exciting potential (and present accomplishment).” She is a powerful and innovative artist having made music in partnership with Alan Gilbert, Anne Manson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Speranza Scappucci, Alexander Shelley, Evan Rogister, Gary Thor Wedow, and Brian Zeger among others.
Felicia Moore makes her Metropolitan Opera debut as Anna in Nabucco in the 2020-21 season and has been engaged by Opera Maine to make a role debut as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer. She was engaged for symphonic performances in the season with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra among others.
Highlights of last season include 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, the title role of Lady M in an online fantasia of Verdi’s Macbeth with Heartbeat Opera, and her first appearance on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera covering First Lady in The Magic Flute. Symphonic performances included Verdi Requiem with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and an Opera Gala with the Bergen Philharmonic. She was engaged for performances in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos with Arizona Opera and for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the San Diego Symphony.
Felicia Moore sang Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni 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. Past performances 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. 505 conducted 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.