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Solo performances with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, under the baton of Grant Gershon, include Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, Rosasharn in the premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath Concert Suite, Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, Haydn’s Maria Theresa Mass, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Britten’s Missa Brevis, Ferko’s Festival of Carols, Betinis' Songs of Smaller Creatures and Swayne’s Magnificat.  Of her most recent performance of Bach’s Magnificat, the review said, "Especially thrilling was the moment early on when the glorious soprano Risa Larson transported us with her powerful strains in the lush aria 'Quia respexit.'"

In addition to solo work, Risa loves performing chamber music.  She appeared extensively with the Viklarbos Chamber Ensemble and Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra at the Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture performing traditional works as well as contemporary pieces by composer, Maria Newman, daughter of the late film composer, Alfred Newman and cousin of Randy Newman.

A skillful musician and a quick study, Risa enjoys collaborating with composers and premiering their new works.  With the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Green Umbrella Series, she performed as soloist in the premiere of Henry Brant’s Tremors.  Other Los Angeles Philhamonic’s solo credits include Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at the Hollywood Bowl under the baton of Bramwell Tovey.  At the Jacaranda Music Festival, Risa performed as soloist in ‘Energische Schoenheit’ as part of the weeklong Los Angeles Philhamonic’s celebration of contemporary composer, Péter Eötvös.

Risa has performed at world-renowned venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Hollywood Bowl, Ford Amphitheatre, and The Getty Center. International engagements include a performance at the Vatican in Rome, and a tour of John Adams’s "The Gospel According to the Other Mary" with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Lucerne Cultural and Congress Centre in Switzerland, the Barbican Centre in London, and Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York.

Risa has performed and/or recorded with the following conductors, performers and composers:

  • Grant Gershon
  • Gustavo Dudamel
  • Placido Domingo
  • Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Michael Tilson Thomas
  • Lorin Maazel
  • Leonard Slatkin
  • Herbert Blomstedt
  • Ricky Ian Gordon
  • James Conlon
  • Bramwell Tovey
  • Thomas Ades
  • Frederica von Stade
  • Dawn Upshaw
  • John Adams
  • Peter Sellars
  • Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos
  • Nico Muhly
  • Michael Crawford
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Rupert Gregson Williams
  • John Powell
  • Péter Eötvös