Métis/Canadian Mezzo-Soprano Rebecca Cuddy’s recent career highlights include performing La Métisse, in the world premiere of Riel; Heart of the North (Steele/Weisensel) with Regina Symphony Orchestra, Mercedes (Cover Carmen) in Carmen, Frau Viehmann in Brothers Grimm and Toronto Concert Orchestra’s tour of Voice of a Nation in which she premiered a Métis song cycle by Ian Cusson.
Rebecca has a keen interest in Indigenous relations and music, along with contemporary composition. She is very proud to be a collaborator on multiple productions and is thrilled to be joining Tapestry Opera (May 2019) and Opera on the Avalon (June 2019) as Kwe/Spirit Chorus in the premiere of Shanawdithit (Nolan/Burry). Following Shanawdithit, she looks forward to her next Indigenous classical music performance in Soundstreams’ Two Odysseys in November 2019.
Rebecca is equally excited about her ventures in the traditional operatic repertoire. She looks forward to singing Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Berlin Opera Academy in June 2019, before joining Highlands Opera Studio as Melanie in The Chair and multiple roles in Suor Angelica. In her previous seasons she performed Elmire in Mechem’s Tartuffe and Baker’s Wife in Sondheim’s Into the Woods with Opera NUOVA (2018). Frau Viehmann in Opera NUOVA’s school tour of The Brothers Grimm (Burry) (2018). Dinah in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti (2017) and Madame Popova in Walton’s The Bear (2016) with Bloomsbury Opera, London.
Rebecca has been recognized for her thoughtful performing style and acting ability through multiple awards and commendations. This season she has been awarded the Joyce Mostert Memorial Scholarship with Berlin Opera Academy and was a finalist for l’Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier Lyrique Competition. In 2017 and 2016 she was a finalist for the Sylva Gelber Award and received Indspire’s Lynda Joyce Ganly Award and Fine Arts Award respectively. She is proud to have received the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for Indigenous classical music development.
In addition to training in opera, Rebecca has studied multiple styles of dance for over 10 years, and through Fight Directors of Canada, is proficient in hand-to-hand stage combat, rapier and quarterstaff.
Rebecca completed her Master of Arts in Voice Performance and Opera in 2017 at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, studying under world-renowned mezzo-Soprano Sarah Walker and vocal coach Jonathan Papp. She received her Bachelor of Music with Honours in Performance from the University of Western Ontario in 2015 where she studied with Jackie Short and Todd Wieczorek. She currently studies in Toronto with Claudiu Stoia and Rachel Andrist. Rebecca can be found online at www.rebeccacuddy.com.
|Bernstein||Dinah||TROUBLE IN TAHITI|
|Frau Viehmann||THE BROTHERS GRIMM|
|Händel||Sesto||GIULIO CESARE IN EGITTO|
|Mozart||Dritte Dame||DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE|
|Puccini||A Noivce, 2nd Chorus, 2nd Lay Sister||SUOR ANGELICA|
|Ravel||Maman/La Chatte||L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES|
|Sondheim||The Baker’s Wife||INTO THE WOODS|
|Walton||Madame Popova||THE BEAR|
|Bach||Cantata No. 140|
|Ian Cusson||Five Orchestral Songs on Poems by Marylin Dumont|
|Catherine Kontz||A Certain Sense of Order|
|Neil Weisensel||Riel; Heart of the North|
|Neil Weisensel||City Workers in Love|
“Cuddy was moving in the final scene.”
[Shanawdithit, Tapestry Opera and Opera on the Avalon] John Gilks, Opera Canada
“Cuddy has a sweet, humming-bird fast vibrato that was divinely ethereal in this scene.”
[Shanawdithit, Tapestry Opera and Opera on the Avalon] Keira Grant, Mooney on Theatre
“A few stood out as convincing Mirvish aspirants… especially Rebecca Cuddy as the Baker’s Wife…”
[Into the Woods, Opera Nuova] Bill Rankin, Opera Canada
“Rebecca Cuddy – fresh and funny with a large, supple voice.”
[Into the Woods, Opera Nuova] Colin MacLean, Gigcity
“All of this got a heartfelt, beautifully sung and compellingly acted performance by Rebecca.”
[Voice of a Nation: Five Orchestral Songs on Poems by Marylin Dumont, Toronto Concert Orchestra] John Gilks, Opera Ramblings
“Rebecca Cuddy is not only a great young singer, but also a very exciting opera performer. Her equally successful and bold renditions of Popova in Walton’s The Bear and Dinah in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti are a testament to her dramatic range, which allows her to tap into deep-set emotions or clown techniques as the production may require it.
This range, when combined with a rare awareness and understanding of, and willingness to engage with essential production and technical aspects of opera-making, makes her a most valuable creative partner and someone with whom I would love to continue collaborating in many productions to come.”
[Trouble in Tahiti, Bloomsbury Opera] Dr. Jorge Balça, Theatre and Opera Director
Glynis Leyshon stage directs and Rebecca Cuddy sings in The Flight of the Hummingbird, a new opera for young audiences. Co-commissioned and co-produced by Pacific Opera Victoria and Vancouver Opera, this production tours BC schools from January through May, with public performances in Victoria’s Baumann Centre from March 19 through 22. Music by by Maxime Goulet, libretto by Michael Nicoll Yahuglanaas (Haida) and Barry Gilson, and musical direction by Kinza Tyrrell. vancouveropera.ca || pacificopera.ca
CONTRARIES: A CHAMBER REQUIEM BY UNSETTLED SCORES AT CELEBRATION OF NATIONS
Rebecca joins Unsettled Scores in 2019 Celebration of Nations’ marquee event Contraries: A Chamber Requiem on September 7, 2019. An Indigenous arts gathering that celebrates creativity, diversity and resilience, Celebration of Nations’ theme for this year is “Emphatic Traditions – Honouring Mother Earth.” firstontariopac.ca
TWO ODYSSEYS WITH SOUNDSTREAMS
Rebecca Cuddy appears in Soundstreams’ Pimooteewin/Gállábártnit from November 13 through 17, 2019.
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE AT OPERNFEST, BERLIN OPERA ACADEMY
Rebecca sings the role of Dritte Dame with Berlin Opera Academy’s Opernfest on July 17 and 18, 2019.
SHANAWDITHIT WITH TAPESTRY OPERA AND OPERA ON THE AVALON
Rebecca sings the role of Kwe in Shanawdithit, a co-production between Tapestry Opera and Opera on the Avalon in partnership with Native Earth. The work premieres in Toronto on May 16, 2019, followed by five performances until May 25; in St. John’s, it is staged on June 21, 2019. tapestryopera.com // operaontheavalon.com // nativeearth.ca