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Rebecca Wilson, Soprano

Rebecca Wilson has been hailed as a “staggeringly talented singer” by St. Louis Magazine. During the 2017-2018 season, Rebecca made her debut with Madison Symphony under Maestro John DeMain, as the soprano soloist, in Janáček's Glagolitic Mass. Also, Rebecca was heard as the soprano soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at the Krannert Center of Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois.

In July 2016, Rebecca travelled to Miami, Florida work with world famous opera singer, Christine Goerke, international vocal coach Kathleen Kelly, and rising star conductor Michael Rossi at the prestigious Wagner Institute at the Miami Summer Music Festival. There she performed as Ortlinde in scenes from Die Walküre. Rebecca also sang the “Liebestod” from Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde.

Rebecca made her Union Avenue Opera debut in 2015, and sang to critical acclaim as Gutrune in Götterdämmerung. Rebecca’s 2015 concert appearances included Oceans Apart: Wagner and Gomes United in Music with Opera Dolce, as well as the soprano soloist in Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem with The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Choir and Orchestra under the baton of the esteemed Dr. Andrew Megill.

Rebecca has also worked professionally in musical theater. Rebecca performed at the Showboat Becky Thatcher for two consecutive summers. There she was seen in The Fantasticks, Alas Alack, Zorro’s Back, and Barry Manilow’s The Drunkard, as well as being a featured singer in other performances.

Rebecca has also been seen on Chicago’s theatre front, including the opera singing the role of Serpent in the Joseph Jefferson nominated Seashore and Quest Theatre’s Blue Nativity (in which she appeared as the Narrator for 3 consecutive years).

Rebecca has received numerous awards for her singing. In 2015, Rebecca was awarded a Gerda Lissner Foundation Grant, and was a finalist and award winner at the Lois Alba Aria Competition. She also placed as semi-finalist in the Bel Canto Foundation Scholarship Program, winning a Bravo Award the following month (2005); the next year Rebecca was a finalist in the contest, finishing 3rd (2007).

Other credits include: Soloist with the Allerton Barn Festival, Baroque Artists of Champaign, Chicago College of Performing Arts Orchestra, the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, and Wheaton Symphony. Suzel in L’amico Fritz (Chicago College of Performing Arts), Lady Billows in Albert Herring (Chicago College of Performing Arts), Mimi in La bohème (Chicago College of Performing Arts), Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte (Chicago College of Performing Arts), 2nd Bridesmaid in Le Nozze di Figaro (Chicago Opera Theater), La Countessa Le Nozze di Figaro (Chicago Opera Theater), Pat Nixon in John Adam’s Nixon in China (Chicago Opera Theater), the title role in Finding Yolanda (based on Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta) (Chicago Opera Theater), and WFMT’s Solo Recital Fazioli Salon Series in Chicago.