American mezzo-soprano Deborah Rentz-Moore has been praised for her “deep, radiant clear tone” (Early Music America) and her “effortlessly warm and resonant mezzo, with exquisite control over vibrato” (Boston Classical Review). She enjoys frequent solo collaborations with The Boston Camerata, Emmanuel Music and Aston Magna and has been featured with celebrated ensembles such as The Boston Early Music Festival, Handel & Haydn Society, The Bach Sinfonia, Magnificat Baroque, Voices of Music and the El Mundo. She has appeared at New York’s Lincoln Center, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Emerson Majestic Theatre, Jordan Hall, Hill Auditorium in MI, The Paris Philharmonie, the Finnish Opera in Helsinki, The Utrecht Early Music Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall and numerous venues throughout the US and Western Europe.
A member of Emmanuel Music’s famed weekly Bach cantata series since 1999, Ms. Rentz-Moore garnered critical acclaim in the role of Joacim in their 2014 Boston premiere of Handel’s Susanna, as well as in the title role in Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus in 2016. 2018 appearances include the critically-lauded The Orphic Moment, by Matt Aucoin, for contralto and chamber orchestra at Emmanuel Music, and Handel’s Samson with Voices of Stow, and performances of “Leonardo da Vinci: A Musical Odyssey” with the Voices of Music, which earned “Best of the Bay: chamber music” from San Francisco Classical Voice. Her 2019 season included “Music in Rubens’ time” and “The World of Henry Purcell” with Aston Magna, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Emmanuel Music, and a recital of Purcell and Handel with the Amphion Ensemble.
Upcoming season highlights include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater; Britten’s Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac with Emmanuel Music; Medieval Christmas music, Christmas music of New Spain, and early American music with The Boston Camerata. Ms. Rentz-Moore’s recordings can be found on the Musica Omnia, Centaur, Meridian and Harmonia Mundi labels, spanning styles from Monteverdi opera, Bach and early music of New Spain to early American and 21st-century compositions. She appears on YouTube with Voices of Music and is featured on the newly-released “Free America” recording with The Boston Camerata (Harmonia Mundi).
Holding a Master of Music in Voice performance from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Music (voice) and Environmental Science from Skidmore College, Ms. Rentz-Moore has taught on the voice faculty of the University of Rhode Island and at the Seacoast Academy of Music. Her research interests center around the music of the Shakers and have led to: music manuscript research at Hancock Shaker Village, contribution to a Shaker music edition, a premier of new music based on a Shaker melody, and recordings featuring Shaker songs.