Hailed for her “deep, radiant, clear tone” (Early Music America) and “lustrous” singing (The Boston Globe), mezzo-soprano DEBORAH RENTZ-MOORE performs with some of the most celebrated ensembles in North America, including Emmanuel Music, Aston Magna, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Handel & Haydn Society, The Boston Camerata, New York Collegium and Magnificat. She has also worked with esteemed Boston-area groups such as Chorus Pro Musica, the Newton Choral Society, Masterworks Chorale, Back Bay Chorale, Coro Allegro, New Bedford Symphony, Harvard University Choir, Pro Arte Orchestra, Ensemble Très. and Boston Cecilia. Specializing in early music, Ms. Rentz-Moore’s opera/oratorio roles include Dido, the Sorceress and Belinda (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas; performed with the Handel and Haydn Society, Mark Morris Dance Group and Aston Magna), Mother Goose (Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Emmanuel Music), Speranza (Orfeo with Aston Magna), and many more.
A longtime aficionado of Shaker songs, she has conducted research on a Shaker hymnal manuscript at Hancock Shaker Village in Western Massachusetts. In addition to her appearance in Newport this year, Ms. Rentz-Moore’s concert performances include Puer Natus Est, The Harvest and Borrowed Light with The Boston Camerata, Dvorak’s Mass in D with the Candlelight Choir, Mozart’s Requiem with the Harvard University Choirs, Messiah with the New Bedford Symphony and John Harbison’s opera, The Great Gatsby, with Emmanuel Music. Her recordings include music of Cozzolani and Bach on Musica Omnia label, Shaker songs (Glissando), Monteverdi’s Orfeo with Aston Magna (Centaur) and Spanish baroque holiday music (Meridian). She recorded the critically-acclaimed The Rose of Sharon for Harmonia Mundi. She was graciously welcomed to her Newport Music Festival debut in 2013.