Soprano Rosa Lamoreaux is known for her flawless sense of style, incandescent presence, “a wonderfully rich timbre and an amazingly flexible voice” (Washington Post). She has been hailed for her versatile musicianship, her radiant, engaging, and effortless singing, the diversity of her repertoire, and her many fine recordings. An award-winning vocalist with a busy international career, Ms. Lamoreaux is sought after for her beautifully styled readings of repertoire from Hildegard to Shostakovich. She is the winner of 6 Wammies for Best Classical Vocalist.
After winning the Handel Aria Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and an honor as finalist in the Oratorio Society Competition of New York, her career has taken her to Carnegie Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Kennedy Center. She has been soloist with the Atlanta Symphony and the Cincinnati Symphony with Robert Shaw in performances of the B minor Mass of Bach and Mozart’s Mass in C minor. She has won critical acclaim for her performances at Bach festivals in both the United States and Europe. Recent and up-coming performances include Handel’s Messiah and J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Dallas Symphony, The Fairy Queen of Purcell with the Folger Consort in a collaboration with Derek Jacoby, Lynn Redgrave and Richard Clifford reading from selections of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Handel’s Gloria at Grace Cathedral San Francisco, Cavalli’s opera Didone - role of Venus - for the Washington Early Music Festival, Shostakovich 14th Symphony with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, St. John Passion of Bach at Washington National Cathedral, Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915, and Handel’s Messiah with the National Philharmonic orchestra, numerous recitals at the National Gallery of Art, and concerts in Italy with the Carmel Bach Festival Chamber Musicians, and performances at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London, in a review of the life and music of Ivor Novello.
As a soloist for conductors, Bruno Weil, at the Carmel Bach Festival, Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 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 Washington Bach Consort, Stephen Simon and the Washington Chamber orchestra, she has performed the B minor Mass, the Passions of St. John and St. Matthew, Jauchzett Gott and other cantatas of J.S. Bach, Vespers of Monteverdi, the C Minor Mass and Requiem of Mozart, Messiah, Esther, Xerxes, Saul, Ode to St. Cecilia, Israel in Egypt and Judas Maccabeus of Handel, In The Beginning of Copland, Knoxville Summer of 1915 of Samuel Barber, La Demoiselle elue of Debussy , Su le sponde del Tebro of Scarlatti, Missa Sanctae Caeciliae, Paukenmasse and Lord Nelson Mass and other Masses of Haydn and Mozart
A popular chamber music performer, she is the Artistic Director of the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble and performs with the Folger Consort, MusicAperta, ArcoVoce, Hesperus, and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. Her many engagements include performances at the Library of congress, the Smithsonian, Corcoran Gallery, and at the Cloisters and Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Chautauqua Institute in New York. In Europe she has appeared at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with the Bach Choir, and at the Reingau Music Festival, La Fenice Chamber Music Festival, Scandinavian Music Festival and the Louvre and Belvedere Schloss among other distinguished venues. Ms. Lamoreaux’s recordings include Shostakovich and Handel with ArcoVoce, B minor Mass of Bach on Dorian, “Luminous Spirit”, chants of Hildegard von Bingen, “Dancing Day “- Christmas music from 12th-17th centuries, Messe Solennelle of Berlioz, “Four Centuries of Song” and “Gentle Annie”, songs of Stephen Foster and Charles Ives, Spain in the New World and “I Love Lucette” - Chansons of the French renaissance theatre, “My Thing is My Own” - bawdy songs of 17th-18th century British Isles all on Koch International, Christmas with The Choral Arts Society, and “Masters in this Hall”, Gothic label, “Classical Cabaret” and her newest CD, “Montmartre Cabaret”, with Betty Bullock, piano. Ms. Lamoreaux is also featured on three CDs of the ”Best of the Fest” from the Carmel Bach Festival.