(* pre-concert talk at 7:30pm + post-concert reception)
|Samuel Barber||Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24|
|Heidi Moss, soprano|
|Gustav Mahler||Symphony No. 4|
|Heidi Moss, soprano|
conducted by Music Director Lara Webber
(Age 62 and Over): $18
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Heidi Moss, soprano, relocated to the Bay area from NYC in 2003 and has performed with area companies such as West Edge Opera, Ensemble Parallele, Festival Opera, Pocket Opera, Livermore Opera, Fremont Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Sacramento Choral Society, West Bay Opera, and the San Francisco Lyric Opera. She also has been a part of the San Francisco Opera family as Rosina in their outreach production of The Barber of Seville and with the Adler Fellows in a premiere of Gang Situs opera The Grand Seducers. This past year, she also worked with composer/benefactor Gordon Getty to record his new opera Usher House with both the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra. She was also thrilled to be a part of Ensemble Paralelle and SF MoMA's groundbreaking production of "4 Saints in 3 Acts" in August of 2011.
She was thrilled to make her regional house debut as Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera with Opera Memphis in February, 2003, for which she received rave reviews. In 2001 she traveled to Italy for the prestigious IVAI program, where she performed the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro under the baton of Metropolitan Opera coach and pianist Kevin Murphy, husband of soprano Heidi Grant Murphy. While living in New York City she was engaged as a resident young artist at Dicapo Opera Theater, where she was seen in numerous productions such as Gianni Schicchi (Nella), Falstaff (Nanetta) and La Cenerentola (Clorinda). While pursuing her studies in Music and Biology at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, she performed with the renowned maestro Robert Spano as Papagena in The Magic Flute and also with New York City Opera conductor Scott Bergeson as Mlle. Silberklang in The Impresario.
Heidi has also garnered recognition in major vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New York District first place winner), The Liederkranz Competition (winner), the MacAllister Awards for Opera Singers (semi finalist), New York Vocal Artists (finalist), and several others.
She was one of three finalists (and the only vocalist) in the 2008 KDFC Classical Star Search, which resulted in a concert with renowned pianist Lang Lang.
Her love for concert repertoire has precipitated several song recitals, including participation in the Joy in Singing master classes, collaboration with LIEDER ALIVE! including a master class with Marilyn Horne, a solo concert sponsored by the Liederkranz Foundation, and a solo concert launching the anniversary season for the Trinity Noonday Recital Series in New York City. She also loves contemporary music, and tries to program new or current works whenever possible. In addition to being a nw member of the CMASH consortium, she has worked in conjunction with Jake Heggie, Daron Hagen, Gilda Lyons, Luciano Chessa, Gordon Getty, Dusan Bogdanovic, Peter Salvi, Henry Mollicone, Luna Pearl Woolf, Liam Wade, Kurth Erickson, and others and hopes to foster new relationships with composers to help realize their visions.
She recently formed a trio with soprano Ann Moss and pianist Steve Bailey called 'M2B'. They strive to perform new works as well as create a new sound sphere for existing pieces as a unique soprano voice pairing. They premiered their formation at the Noe Valley Chamber Music concert series in 2011 and will have another full recital in the Old First Church concert series in August of 2012.
In addition to an active musical life, Heidi continued her biological studies and spent many years working as a research scientist, most recently at the Rockefeller University. She published her data in many prestigious journals including a landmark paper in Cell which was featured in the New York Times in 1999. In an additional fusion of science and music, she was privileged to be the regularly hired soprano by nobel laureate Dr. Jim Watson, of double-helix fame, giving concerts at his numerous events and benefits.
Heidi is the proud mother to two amazing girls: Ava and Hana.
Unfortunately, Heidi was stricken with a severe version of Bells Palsy in 2007 which left the right side of her face permanently partially paralyzed. She continues to sing despite her disability and is grateful to those who have given her the opportunity to return to the stage.
Her disability has inspired her to learn more about vocal physiology and pedagogy, particularly how it relates to facial musculature, and is on a new scientific venture in pursuit of this understanding. She has been blessed to have the support and advice of the late renowned pedagogue Richard Miller, and was fortunate to be in communication with him in his final months. In addition, her recent mentor, W. Stephen Smith, author of 'The Naked Voice' has written a personal recommendation touting her teaching methods.
Her current musical ventures include intensive study vocal pedagogy and continuation of her passion for opera, lieder, and art song in addition to her many performances.