Though in the early stages of her career, American soprano Felicia Moore is being recognized as a powerful and innovative emerging artist. Ms. Moore has already gained recognition through competitions and her work in various houses in the United States. She is currently an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies candidate at The Juilliard School, and was recently named one of the winners of The Sullivan Foundation. This season began with Ms. Moore as Mrs. Grose in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw at Opera Columbus in a new Stephen Wadsworth production. Her season at Juilliard includes workshopping selections of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Maestro Alan Gilbert and the Juilliard Orchestra Lab and performing in Juilliard’s Liederabend.
In February she will be performing Copland’s 12 Emily Dickinson Songs with Brian Zeger at Juilliard’s Songfest in Alice Tully Hall, and then will return to Alice Tully in March as a winner of Juilliard’s Vocal Arts Honors Recital auditions to perform a program of Sibelius, Wagner and Copland with pianist Chris Reynolds. In May she will be seen as Donna Elvira in Heartbeat Opera’s Don Giovanni directed by Louisa Proske. The end of the season will feature Ms. Moore in Juilliard’s Commencement Concert at Alice Tully Hall in Beethoven’s “Ah! perfido” with Maestro Speranza Scappucci and the Juilliard Orchestra. Following her Juilliard graduation, she will be traveling to France as a Resident in the Aix-en-Provence Festival’s Mozart Académie and then she will be in Germany as a participant of the International Meistersinger Akademie.
Last season, she performed as the title role in Juilliard Opera’s production of Janáček’s Katya Kabanova with Maestro Anne Manson in Peter Jay Sharp Theater. She spent the summer in San Francisco as a participant in the Merola Opera Program, performing in the Schwabacher Summer Concert as Agathe from Der Freischütz, and Elisabeth in Tannhäuser in the Merola Grand Finale on the stage of the San Francisco Opera. Before heading to the West coast, she was Soprano Soloist in Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle in North Carolina. Other recent performances include her Alice Tully Hall debut at Juilliard’s Wednesdays at One Series, performances of Mozart’s “Ch’io mi scordi di te?” with Maestro Gary Thor Wedow and The Juilliard Orchestra, and workshopping Strauss’ “Vier letzte Lieder” with Maestro Alan Gilbert and the Juilliard Orchestra Lab.
Ms. Moore recently completed a residency at Portland Opera for their 2015-2016 season, performing the role of First Lady in The Magic Flute with costume and sets by Maurice Sendak. Following her time in Portland, she was an Apprentice Artist at Des Moines Metro Opera for their 44th Season, covering Alice Ford in Falstaff, and performing scenes from Un ballo in maschera and Fidelio. She then traveled to Chicago to participate in Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute as a Vocal Fellow.
Ms. Moore was a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis their 2014 and 2015 seasons. She performed the role of Harriet Mosher in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline, and covered Joyce El-Khoury in the title role. As a 2014 Gerdine Young Artist she covered internationally known soprano Christine Brewer as Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and covered First Lady in The Magic Flute. Directly following her time in St. Louis in 2014, she traveled to North Carolina to work with the Swannanoa Chamber Festival, performing Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915.
In competitions, Ms. Moore has been very successful. She was recognized in 2013 and 2016, as a National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. In 2013 she was also awarded as a top prize winner of the George London Competition. She also received encouragement awards that same year from The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation and Opera Index, as well as The Robert Lauch Award from the Wagner Society of NY. In 2015, she received a Grant from The Gerda Lissner Foundation and a Career Development Grant from The Sullivan Foundation. In March 2016 she was a Finalist in Fort Worth Opera’s McCammon Voice Competition. She was a Grant Winner in The Gerda Lissner Lieder/Song Competition in the fall of 2016.
In April of 2013, Ms. Moore made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall with The Cecilia Chorus of NY and Maestro Mark Shapiro performing the NY Premiere of Ethel Smyth’s Mass in G, as well as scenes from Tchaikovsky’s The Maid of Orleans. In the summer of 2013, she was a Marcello Giordani Young Artist with the Crested Butte Music Festival, covering Der Trommler in Der Kaiser von Atlantis and performing scenes from Lohengrin, Don Giovanni and Idomeneo.
Ms. Moore completed her Artist Diploma in May 2015 and her Master’s Degree in May 2013, both from Mannes College The New School for Music. She had great success in her work with Mannes Opera. As a Mannes Young Artist she has performed the title role in Suor Angelica, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Madama Cortese in Il viaggio a Reims and Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, all with Maestro Joseph Colaneri. In addition to those roles, she has performed scenes from Ariadne auf Naxos, Albert Herring, Guillaume Tell, Iphigénie en Aulide, Dialogues of the Carmelites and Der Rosenkavalier at Mannes. She has received The Richard F. Gold Career Grant and The Michael Sisca Memorial Opera Award at both Mannes Recognition Ceremonies.
Other previous engagements include performances with Nevada Opera as The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Ms. Moore is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, and made her professional debut with the Spoleto Festival USA as a Fate in the American premiere of Proserpina. She has attended numerous admired summer programs, such as International Vocal Arts Institute, Institute for Young Dramatic Voices and OperaWorks.