Highlights from 2018-2019 Season
Rebecca is making some interesting repertoire debuts, returning to familiar venues and recently enjoyed a world premiere of an exciting new work at St Endellion Festival; The St. Mark Passion by Oliver Tarney received a rapturous response on Good Friday.
Other notable performances so far this season include Flora LA TRAVIATA for Welsh National Opera in a revival of Sir David McVicar’s landmark production, the London premiere of Joseph Phibbs’ JULIANA in the role of Kerstin at St. John’s Smith Square and the release of MESSIAH with the BBC Singers, conducted by David Hill for Resonus Classics.
Further engagements have included Mozart REQUIEM with The Royal Philharmonic conducted by Adrian Partington, SEA PICTURES with Leon Bosch, Three wonderful Bach ST. JOHN PASSION performances with George Vass, The Bristol Bach Choir under Christopher Finch and in Shrewsbury Abbey with John Moore respectively.
Rebecca was delighted to join the Royal Philharmonic once more this season with Alexander Shelley conducting De Falla’s EL SOMBRERO DE TRES PICOS in their specially curated series ‘Seeking New Horizons’. She will also be making her Wagnerian debut as Wellgunde in DAS RHEINGOLD for Longborough Festival Opera, followed by her role debut as Orlofsky in a brand new production of DIE FLEDERMAUS at West Green House Opera.
Her 2018-2019 season will draw to a close as she makes her debut for the Three Choirs Festival at Gloucester Cathedral, in the British premiere of Mendelssohn’s realisation of Handel’s ISRAEL IN EGYPT
Born in Mid Wales, Mezzo-soprano Rebecca studied at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama & The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) where she was awarded the Independent Opera Scholarship, The WCOM Allcard Award, The MBF Sybil Tutton Award, became a Samling Artist and graduated with distinction.
Whilst at RCS, she sang Cherubino LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Componist ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (Rostov State Theatre, Russia), La Muse/Nicklausse LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN, Maria Akhrossimova WAR AND PEACE & scenes from Varvara KATYA KABANOVA for Scottish Opera Education. Rebecca also made her debut at The BBC Proms in SERENADE TO MUSIC Vaughan Williams, conducted by Donald Runnicles with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Rebecca became a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist for her first season, 2010/2011, making her professional debut in the title role of CARMEN on tour , Fox CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, Resi INTERMEZZO and Countess Ceprano/Maddalena (cover) RIGOLETTO.
Her engagements for 2011/2012 included Mad Margaret (cover) RUDDIGORE for Opera North and Hansel (cover) HANSEL UND GRETEL for Scottish Opera. She returned to Opera North to cover Julie CAROUSEL and make her debut with the company at The Edinburgh International Festival 2012 as Chambermaid/ Kristina (cover) in THE MAKROPULOS CASE.
Following her company & role debut as Countess Geschwitz LULU for Welsh National Opera, she returned for 2013-2014 as an Associate Artist, singing the roles of Anna Kennedy MARIA STUARDA, (with performances at The Royal Opera, Oman), Sara Duchess of Nottingham ROBERTO DEVEREUX (cover), Flora LA TRAVIATA, 4th Naked Virgin/Sick Woman MOSES UND ARON (including performances at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden) and Fenena NABUCCO (cover).
Concert engagements include Verdi REQUIEM at St David’s Cathedral Festival with Daniel Cook, Ravel SHÉHÉRAZADE for The Sinfonia of Leeds with Anthony Kraus, Handel SOLOMON for The Oxford Bach Choir with Nicholas Cleobury, Verdi REQUIEM with City of Glasgow Chorus and Mozart MASS IN C MINOR for Nottingham Festival Chorus; Handel MESSIAH The Usher Hall, Mozart REQUIEM with The London Mozart Players, Haydn NELSON MASS for St. Alban’s Choral Society 70th Anniversary Season and Mahler 2nd SYMPHONY at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
Engagements in 2015/2016 included Louhi SWANHUNTER for Opera North at The Linbury Theatre ROH, Olga EUGENE ONEGIN for Grange Park Opera, Kunstgewerblerin & Countess Geschwitz (cover) LULU for Teatro Communale, Bolzano, a return to Welsh National Opera as Beggar Woman SWEENEY TODD and Lola & Santuzza (cover) CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA. Concerts included Verdi REQUIEM in Birmingham Town Hall & Colchester, Elgar DREAM OF GERONTIUS with The Philharmonia; Mozart REQUIEM for Halifax Choral Society with John Pryce-Jones, ELIJAH for Aberdeen Choral Society & Milford Haven Music Festival, a return to St Alban’s Choral Society with George Vass for Beethoven MASS IN C and an Opera Gala for Bath International Festival.
Engagements in 2016/2017 included SUMMER CLASSICS with the CBSO at Symphony Hall, ELIJAH at Birmingham Town Hall & Cadogan Hall, A CHILD OF OUR TIME in Colchester, Bach WEIHNACHTSORATORIUM with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, Beethoven 9th SYMPHONY with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Suzuki MADAMA BUTTERFLY with Welsh National Opera and on tour to the recently opened Dubai Opera House.
In 2017 Rebecca appeared at St. Magnus International Festival, Orkney, Fishguard International Music Festival , furthered her growing reputation in contemporary music as Artist in Residence at the 35th Presteigne Music Festival and performed at The North Wales International Music Festival in a wide range of repertoire.
Further engagements include Suzuki MADAMA BUTTERFLY for Festival Opera, New Zealand, Mozart REQUIEM with The Norwegian Wind Ensemble and Bach ST. JOHN PASSION with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. This year also marks the release of MESSIAH with David Hill conducting the BBC Singers & Norwegian Wind Ensemble (Resonus Classics), the world premiere of Joseph Phibbs JULIANA at Cheltenham Festival and her return to Welsh National Opera as Flora in LA TRAVIATA.
Forthcoming highlights in 2019 include Rebecca’s Wagnerian debut as Wellgunde DAS RHEINGOLD at Longborough Festival Opera and the UK concert premiere of Handel’s ISRAEL IN EGYPT as arranged by Mendelssohn at The Three Choirs Festival with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
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