035: Soprano Andrea Edith Moore curates a career filled with classical and contemporary music

A conversation about curating a career, creating new work, and celebrating the people of this place.

Soprano Andrea Edith Moore‘s performances have spanned the globe from Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires to Munich and Hamburg and back home to her native North Carolina where she is a regular principle artist with the North Carolina Opera. 

Ms. Moore spent this June as a fellow with the Grammy Award winning and world renowned contemporary music ensemble Eighth Blackbird in their Blackbird Creative Lab. The Lab’s mission is to inspire the next generation of performers and composers to share in the ensemble’s vision: to champion a distinctive, dynamic and engaging performance aesthetic.

In addition to discussing her preparation for the Blackbird Creative Lab, we delved into the chamber opera Family Secrets: Kith and Kin a work that Andrea Edith Moore commissioned, produced, and starred in, composed by Daniel Thomas Davis.


Andrea Edith Moore is a prize-winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and holds degrees from Yale University, the Peabody Conservatory of Music at The Johns Hopkins University and University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Ms. Moore stays on the cutting edge of new music, recently bringing to life the role of Sara in Jennifer Higdon’s new opera Cold Mountain  as well as the 2017 world premiere of Eric Schwartz’s score accompanying the 1919 German Expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. She recently performed the role of Dianarah in Patrick Morganelli’s inventive opera Hercules vs. Vampires screened with the 1961 cult classic film “Hercules in the Haunted World” with NCO.

She commissioned, produced and premiered a new song cycle entitled Family Secrets: Kith and Kin by Daniel Thomas Davis which received its concert world premiere in March of 2015 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Family Secrets: Kith and Kin was produced by NCO in February of 2018 in a world premiere staging by Francesca Talenti.  

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Time break-down:

[0:00] Episode intro and bio for Andrea Edith Moore

[1:43] Andrea’s connection to North Carolina.

[5:58] Career opportunities in NC for classical singers.

[8:15] FAMILY SECRETS: KITH AND KIN: The development of the piece over 5 years, basing it in NC, writing prompts, a unifying space for several voices, the courage to step into such a big project

[20:40] BLACKBIRD CREATIVE LAB: Why did Andrea apply? What is she excited about? (She sings an example of the music she’ll be working on!) How does the summer lab work? How does someone create a curatorial vision out of this?

[32:53] The life-cycle of a piece. How did Andrea shape FAMILY SECRETS from a concert version to a staged version?

[37:45] What is next for FAMILY SECRETS?

[41:15] What is next for Andrea? Many projects….

[43:06] Thank you and sign-off

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