SOPRANO REBECCA RICHARDSON
Praised for her "ever-lush sound" (Operawire) and "big-lyric voice" (Oberon's Grove), American soprano Rebecca Richardson is a classical singer known for interpreting a wide range of works from early opera to world premieres.
Continuing in her affinity for new music, Rebecca most recently performed in two world premieres. First, the soprano debuted the role of Mae Bornstein in The Silk City with Garden State Opera in October 2019, followed by the world premiere of Felix Jarrar's comic chamber opera, Mother Goose, where she created the role of Princess Talia in November 2019. In January 2020, Rebecca performed her first self-produced concert series, “Will Sing for Wine… Live!” featuring a program of “old world” repertoire paired with wines from France, Italy, and Spain.
In 2019, Rebecca made several other role and company debuts including Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring with Utopia Opera and Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro with Manhattan Opera Studio. She returned to dell'Arte Opera Ensemble last summer to perform Una dama disincantata in Francesca Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggiero, in addition to other appearances in the company's summer festival, "Voices from the Tower." 2019 also marks Rebecca’s Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist.
In 2018, Rebecca debuted the role of Lee Miller/Jazz Singer and covered the role of Kiki de Montparnasse in the world premiere of Tabula Rasa, a jazz opera written by Felix Jarrar and Bea Goodwin. Additionally, she co-created Unbound Identities, a recital project "exploring the concept of identify across time and across borders,” produced by Cantanti Project. The soprano also made several concert appearances, such as Cantanti Project's "Far and Near" concert as part of the Lobby Series at the United Palace of Cultural Arts, as well as multiple appearances throughout NYC as a soloist in the pop up concert series, “Hello Gorgeous.”
Previous operatic performance highlights include Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Magda in La Rondine, Pamina and Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Marguerite in Faust, among others.
Accomplished in early music and oratorio, Rebecca has sung significant concert works and in early music ensembles extensively, such as Bach’s Cantata BWV 120, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Fauré’s Requiem. She was also a featured soloist in the inaugural concert of The Boston Conservatory’s Baroque Ensemble.
A native of Thousand Oaks, California, Rebecca recently returned to the west coast after spending nearly a decade living in Boston and NYC. In addition to performing, Rebecca is a freelance writer and regularly makes contributions to the online magazine, Modern Singer. She earned her Master of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory and her Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine University.