Ahead of appearing as Musetta in La Bohème with Cincinnati Opera, soprano Jessica Rivera sat down with Cincinnati's Movers & Makers Magazine to discuss life, love, and singing in the State of Ohio:
She seems to love being part of this close-knit community and recently joined the board working to restore Middletown’s shuttered Sorg Opera House, hoping to add her professional perspective.
She is happy to come back to “La Bohème” now, 13 years later, more mature as a singer, with more “life experience,” as a mother, and as a fledgling voice teacher. As Musetta, she will play a vain, flirtatious, sometimes bombastic woman who happens to be a singer, but who also possesses a big heart. Only the last two characteristics apply to Rivera, and that’s what most attracts her to this role.
“Musetta is so NOT my personality,” she said, with a laugh. “That’s the fun. People who know me may be very surprised!”