Mezzo-soprano and composer Alicia Hall Moran’s sonic world joins classical and African American cultures. Her productions include Black Wall Street (2016) — inspired by her native Oklahoman father’s Wall Street career and the 1921 Tulsa race riot (presented at River to River Festival, Opera Southwest, SITE Santa Fe, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / NYPL, and National Sawdust) — and Breaking Ice (National Sawdust, MASS MoCA, and PROTOTYPE / Out of Bounds).
She made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award–winning revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess before starring as Bess in the 20-city US tour. She has recorded two albums, Here Today and Heavy Blue and can be heard in Gabriel Kahane’s oratorio emergency shelter intake form with the Oregon Symphony and on pianist Lara Downes’s Holes in the Sky. She tours Bryce Dessner’s Triptych worldwide.
Ms. Moran has been commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, Art Public / Art Basel Miami, Histories Remixed / Art Institute Chicago, Poetry Society of America, and Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Collaborators include Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company, guitarist Bill Frisell, the band Harriet Tubman, guitarist Thomas Flippin, taiko artist Kaoru Watanabe, poets Carl Hancock Rux and Jessica Care Moore, and visual artists Carrie Mae Weems, Ragnar Kjartansson, Suzanne Bocanegra, Simone Leigh, Liz Magic Laser, Adam Pendleton, and Whitfield Lovell. She and her husband, Jason Moran — both Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellows — have created works for the Venice Biennale, Whitney Biennial, Walker Art Center, and Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Alicia Hall Moran earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Barnard College (with a minor in anthropology) and a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Manhattan School of Music.