The New York Times
“Vocally luminous”
San Francisco Chronicle
"The hugely gifted soprano Jessica Rivera … Rivera's great asset is her combination of a plush, throaty timbre and the sort of laser-like technical precision that usually only comes with a thinner and more silvery sound ... Rivera's singing was crystalline and rounded throughout."
The Financial Times
"Match a voluptuous instrument that meets all technical challenges at both ends of the scale with a formidable musical intelligence and a capacity for projecting a text that can seem both intimate and operatic and you have an artist for whom great scores may yet be composed."
San Francisco Classical Voice
"In a string of brilliant appearances with the San Francisco and, most recently, Berkeley Symphony orchestras, soprano Jessica Rivera has established herself as a singer of uncommon vocal luster and musical intelligence."
Los Angeles Times
“Jessica Rivera was the shining soprano.”
Chicago Tribune
“The vocal lines took on a hallucinatory power as sung by the silvery soprano Jessica Rivera.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Vocally, the evening's star was soprano Jessica Rivera, who sang Kumudha with a stunning blend of tonal warmth, emotional depth and precision.”
The Boston Globe
“Jessica Rivera pours out gleaming sound as Xirgu's student.”
The New York Times
“[John Adams] gives silvery singing to Ms. Rivera, who delivers on the gift.”
Los Angeles Times
“Jessica Rivera, Promising Young Soprano, On Her Way. The young artist who emerged highly accomplished, fully equipped and most promising was soprano Jessica Rivera . . . she should go far.”
Michael Smith - The Santa Barbara Independent
"Jessica Rivera sang Mélisande with shimmering clarity."
Los Angeles Times
“Likewise, Jessica Rivera (Kumudha), a young soprano in a career-making role, was even more rapturous than at the premiere. “
Musical America
“Reedy-voiced soprano Jessica Rivera and heroic tenor Russell Thomas are a dream couple in the soaring vocal lines of Kumudha and the Prince.”
Fort Worth Star Telegram
“Soprano soloist Jessica Rivera’s radiant voice emerged magically from the choral texture.”
The New Zealand Herald
“Last Thursday’s concert with the delectable Jessica Rivera was a stunner.”
The Boston Herald
“Disappointment over the cancellation of Dawn Upshaw, who created the soprano role, turned into delight at the poised, beautiful singing of her substitute Jessica Rivera.”
The New York Sun
“A major career for Ms. Rivera seems inevitable.”
Los Angeles Times
“Jessica Rivera sang Nuria with a gorgeous high soprano.”


Golijov: Ainadamar
Poulenc: Gloria in G major
Spohr: Songs (6), Op. 103
Salazar: Canciones Mexicanas (3)
Adams: A Flowering Tree
Golijov: La pasión según San Marcos
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
Barber: Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24
Górecki: Symphony no 3, Op. 36 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"
Mompou: Combat del somni
Theofanidis: Creation/Creator
Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem
Spano: Hölderlin-Lieder: No. 1, Lebenslauf

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