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Fine Arts Center, Suite E, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

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Deborah Rentz-Moore

  • Artist/Teacher in Voice
  • Department of Music
  • Phone: 401.874.2431
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  • Mailing Address: Department of Music
    Fine Arts Center
    105 Upper College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881


Artist/Teacher and 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 Harvard Memorial Chapel Choir, The Bach Sinfonia, Coro Allegro, The Boston Cecilia, The Providence Singers, Magnificat Baroque and the Mark Morris Dance Group.

She garnered critical acclaim in the role of Joacim in Emmanuel Music’s 2014 Boston premiere of Handel’s Susanna, as well as in the title role in Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus in 2016. Other Emmanuel appearances include Bach’s B Minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio, St. John Passion, Magnificat, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, The Rake’s Progress (Stravinsky), John Harbison’s Supper at Emmaus and various solo cantatas as part of the famed weekly Bach cantata series. Her current season includes a concert of voice and viols with Aston Magna, in addition to The Boston Camerata’s Mediterranean Christmas, Liberty and Love, and Liberty Tree. 2018 appearances include The Orphic Moment, a new piece by Matt Aucoin for contralto and chamber orchestra at Emmanuel, Handel’s Samson with Voices of Stow and “Leonardo da Vinci: A Musical Odyssey” with Voices of Music.

A proponent of early American and Shaker music, she has conducted Shaker manuscript research, given solo concerts at Hancock Shaker Village and Tanglewood, toured with Tero Saarinen Dance Company/Boston Camerata’s remarkable “Borrowed Light,” and is a soloist on the critically-acclaimed Harmonia Mundi recording, “The Rose of Sharon” with Ensemble Phoenix Munich.

Other recordings include: Aston Magna’s “L’Orfeo: favola in musica 1607” (Centaur), “Cozzolani: Concerti Sacri (1642),” “Cozzolani: Messa Paschale,” “J.S. Bach: Cantatas 62, 45, 140 and 192,” “Cozzolani: Salmi a Otto Voci (1650)” (all on Musica Omnia), “The Golden Harvest” (Glissando), “Feliz Navidad: Christmas from Spain and New Spain,” (Meridian) and David Patterson’s “#Ferguson” (Albany Records.)


Master of Music in Voice performance – University of Michigan

Bachelor of Arts in Music (voice) and Environmental Science – Skidmore College

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