Jessica Tivens, Soprano

I've been meaning to share this performance by soprano Jessica Tivens as Cherubino in Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro", singing "Voi che sapete".

Jessica Tivens is the daughter of my friend and fellow trombone player, Lynn Tivens, who I went to high school with (and his wife Debbi of course!). Lynn played trombone professionally, touring the USA with the group "The Gringos". (He is also is the Publisher/Editor of "The Full Cycle", Southern California’s first Online bicycle magazine.)

Jessica has performed in concert with Michael Crawford, Josh Groban, Davis Gaines and jazz pianist Mike Garson. She has performed solo in concerts on stages from Calabasas, California to Reykjavik, Iceland, from Madison Square Garden to Carnegie Hall.

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She has recently released a CD - Jessica Tivens Unlimited - which is available by clicking the title of this post or of the album. The CDBaby website will open in a new window where you'll be able to listen to sample clips of each song. The music is a crossover from classical to popular music. Mike Garson, the pianist/composer, perhaps most notable for his work with David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, Billy Corgan and The Smashing Pumpkins, produced the album.

Jessica's official website, with more audio and video clips of her wonderful performances, is here: Jessica Tivens, Soprano.

Bravissimo!, Jessica, Bravissimo!


Elisa (Italia) said...

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ladybug said...

Wow! That is really great. I love to know more about the musical world.

I used to love strolling around various festivals and listening to artists...and sometimes buying the cassettes/CD's if I like their music enough.

It's fun to have a personal connection to music too, especially if you get to follow their career!

Olivia said...

I know, a visit to your blog has been long overdue.

And then what am I greeted with, but Mozart! Perfect :)

I think I saw a documentary about mezzo-sopranos a few months ago, and Jessica was in it, struggling with a sore throat and having to perform, I think, Mozart.

I've seen Michael Crawford in concert in Houston, but before that I saw him as the original Phantom of the Opera at the premier in London in '86.

Ahhhh, it's been so long since I got to talk about music...

Pandabonium said...

Elisa - Ciao
Grazie per visitare. I will visit your beautiful website again soon.

Ladybug - As you said, it is fun when you have some connection to the performer. I've never met Jessica, but I know how hard she (and her parents) have worked for her career, and I enjoy listening to her.

Welcome, Olivia - I'm glad you happened by when there was a post of interest for you.

My brother and his SO are very much into opera (season tickets in San Francisco each year). I've always more interested in orchestral pieces and solo instruments. That said, I always enjoy hearing a good performance.

London is a great place to be for music.

Thank you for visiting. :D

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Don't get me wrong - I like lots of music, but as for Mozart, well, most of it I don't really like! Okay I'm a philistine. Of course about 5% of his music is superb! Melbourne is having a treat soon with the opera Rusalka which is rarely done here. A take on the Little Mermaid story. It has the lovely 'Song to the Moon'. Problem for us is that opera going is very, very expensive these days.

Pandabonium said...

Wendy - I am that way about all music in a sense. Some people say "I like this composer or such and such band", but I can't make a blanket statement - I pick a choose individual pieces.

Mozart wrote many pieces that I like, but I am more inclined toward the Romantics, like Dvorak (his 7th and 9th Symphonies in particular.

Live music in general is expensive, but when one is able to experience it, there is nothing that compares, yeah?

agus said...

Thanks for the intro and link. Another link to enrich my musical appreciation and discovery. Enjoyed the clip too.

Pandabonium said...

Hey Agus! Happy Belated Birthday. Always looking for new music, aren't you? I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thanks.

Martin J Frid said...

Isn't it amazing what we can find on YouTube.

Lovely vocals, and so good to have a connection to the performers.

The Moody Minstrel said...

A producer who does classical opera, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Nine Inch Nails. Now that sounds like someone after my own heart!

I agree about the selective listening. Much as I like most of Mozart's works, I have heard quite a few pieces of his which sound suspiciously like he was just trying to make a concert deadline. There is no such thing as an artist who is 100% perfect 100% of the time.

Pandabonium said...

Moody - her album is interesting. In an interview I read, Garson said, "I just produced an opera singer this week named Jessica Tivens, very talented, and I took Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata' and I wrote my own melody on top of it and had her singing on top of that." So his modern experience is blended with old music.

I would add to your comment about no musician perfect all the time that we also have moods as listeners and so enjoy a given piece on one occasion and not want to hear it on another.

Olivia said...

I am not that keen on opera myself, though I have been to a few, even in Verona. The occasional aria is fine. I prefer orchestral performances. But don't tell that to my friend who pays for my tickets to Verona!

I agree with Pandabonium about being in different moods for artists. All winter I can mood out with the dark and stormy Romanticism of Beethoven which just takes my breath away. And then come one day in the spring I might run into a bit of Mozart, and hearing his mischievous phrases I might chuckle and think, "Ah, Wolfie." while my heart breathes a sigh of relief.

Olivia said...

Oh, and adding to what Minstrel said - yes, Mozart was household staff and had to compose whether he wanted to or not. However, his frustration with this situation makes me think he was ahead of his time and may have thrived only a couple of decades later.

Beethoven was one of the first composers to have patrons and sponsors, leaving him free to compose the groundbreaking music that today leaves me disbelieving it is nearly 200 years old!