Oral Moses, bass-baritone
Oral Moses, bass-baritone, performs regularly throughout the United States and Europe singing Oratorio and recitals with special emphasis on a wide variety of Negro Spirituals and Art Song repertoire by African-American composers.
He has had numerous successes in oratorio and opera, performing major roles in Le Nozze di Figaro, Regina, La Bohème, Albert Herring, Tremonisha, Rigoletto, and Die Zauberflöte, among many others. Symphonic engagements have included works with the Nashville Symphony, the Jackson Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Tacoma Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony.
He has recorded several CDs of Art Songs and Spirituals by African-American composers, among which is his CD entitled, Oral Moses sings... songs of America. His CD, Extreme Spirituals, is a collaboration with the controversial eclectic Rock/Classical band Birdsongs of the Mesozoic on the Cuneiform label. In 2001 Albany Records released a collection of spirituals sung a capella entitled, Spirituals in Zion, which he recorded in the historic Zion Baptist Church built by enslaved African Americans in 1861.
As a solo recording artist for Albany Records, his premiere CD, Deep River: Songs and Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh is featured in the PBS film documentary, Antonin Dvorak in America. His second CD, Amen! African-American composers of the Twentieth Century, continues to be a best seller on the Albany Record label. He has collaborated with gospel artist Babbie Mason on the CD/Video project, Treasured Memories: A Celebration of Our Gospel Music Heritage, documenting the rich legacy of Gospel Music. A second CD collaboration entitled, Third Day Offerings: A Worship Album, allowed him to record with the contemporary Christian Rock group, Third Day, earning him his first gold record. His most recent contribution to the work of preserving the Negro Spiritual is the website: www.thenegrospiritualinc.com.