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Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano
Role(s) in this year's festival:
Baker's Wife: Into the Woods
Previous NUOVA Roles:
2018 - Frau Viehman: "The Brothers Grimm"
How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?
- When I am learning a new role I like to do a bit of research on the production and the creators, though I tend not to listen to a recording or watch a production of the show until I have learned the music. I try to develop a backstory for each character (if it is not already outlined in the libretto) and different motivations that lead them to each development in the production. I also think about the ways a character might carry themselves and different movements they might make. Turning up to the first rehearsal memorized is essential.
What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs? Why this year?
- I have always heard really wonderful things from colleagues who have been involved in one or more of NUOVA’s programs. Since completing my Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music in the United Kingdom, and returning to Canada this fall I have been anxious to continue my studies in voice and make connections in the Canadian music industry. I felt NUOVA was an excellent opportunity to do just this. I am looking forward to the many classes and performance opportunities the program has to offer, on top of performing these two amazing roles.
A versatile performer, Métis (Indigenous) Canadian Mezzo-Soprano, Rebecca Cuddy, is at home on both the contemporary and classical stage. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, she recently completed a Masters in Vocal Performance with world-renowned Mezzo-Soprano, Sarah Walker and Vocal Coach Jonathan Papp at the Royal Academy of Music in London, U.K. She received her Bachelor of Music with Honours in Performance from The University of Western Ontario in 2015. Rebecca is currently based in Toronto and studies with the inspirational Claudiu Stoia.
Rebecca joined Opera NUOVA for their school tour production of The Brothers Grimm in March 2018 and is looking forward to returning to Edmonton for NUOVA’s 2018 Festival where she will perform the roles of Elmire and the Baker’s Wife in their productions of Tartuffe (Mechem) and Into the Woods (Sondheim).
Rebecca relishes any opportunity to work alongside composers on their new works. Some of her most recent performances in new music include touring in the autumn of 2017 with Toronto Concert Orchestra’s production Voice of a Nation, a multi-disciplinary production in which she sang “Five Orchestral Songs” by Métis composer Ian Cusson with texts by Métis poet Marilyn Dumont. In London, U.K. she collaborated with creative group Tick Tock on a new opera work, A Certain Sense of Order, which premiered at the Tête à Tête Contemporary Opera Festival in August 2017.
Rebecca made her operatic debut with Bloomsbury Opera in London, U.K. in 2016 as Madame Popova in their production of William Walton’s opera The Bear and returned to Bloomsbury Opera the following year to take part in their production Tahiti!, a double bill performance with a new opera by Dr. Alannah-Marie Halay entitled Pacific Pleasures and played Dinah in Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti.
For more information or if you would like to stay up to date on Rebecca’s upcoming performances please visit her website at www.rebeccacuddy.com