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Center for the Arts Presents Jessica Rivera and Robert Spano

Jessica Rivera

Pepperdine alumna, soprano Jessica Rivera, along with pianist Robert Spano will perform at Smothers Theater, Malibu, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20. 

Rivera and Spano will present reinterpretations of contemporary masterpieces, such as Claude Debussy's Ariettes oubliées and Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.

In the summer of 2005, Rivera debuted to critical acclaim at the Santa Fe Opera, acting and singing the part of Nuria in the world premiere of the revised edition of Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar. Together with Spano, she reprised her role in 2007 and sang the part again in the Grammy Award-winning grammophone recording of the work. Her recent seasons include two performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the first being Górecki's Symphony No. 3 and the second, Georges Bizet's popular opera, Carmen.

After their appearance at Smothers Theater on October 20, Rivera and Spano will continue on to perform together at Carnegie Hall in New York City, along with fellow collaborator Kelley O' Connor. Later this season, Spano has been invited for his eighth time to conduct the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium.

For more information, visit the Center for Arts website.

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