Hailed as a “staggeringly talented singer” by St. Louis Magazine, soprano REBECCA WILSON recently made her debut with Madison Symphony under Maestro John DeMain, as the soprano soloist in Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, and was heard as the soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Krannert Center of Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois. In addition, Ms. Wilson travelled to Miami, Florida to 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, where she performed as Ortlinde in scenes from Die Walküre and the “Liebestod” from Tristan and Isolde.
This dynamic artist made her Union Avenue Opera debut in 2015 as Gutrune in Götterdämmerung, receiving critical acclaim for her performance. Concert appearances include 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.
Ms. Wilson has also worked professionally in musical theater, performing at the Showboat Becky Thatcher for two consecutive summers, where 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. She has also been seen on Chicago’s theatre front, 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 three consecutive years).
The soprano has received numerous awards for her singing, particularly first, third and Honorable Mention in the National Teachers of Singing program. She also placed as semi-finalist in the Bel Canto Foundation Scholarship Program, winning a Bravo Award the following month (2005); she was a finalist in the contest in 2007, finishing third. In 2015 Ms. Wilson was awarded a Gerda Lissner Foundation Grant, and was a finalist and award winner at the Lois Alba Aria Competition.
Other credits include soloist with the Allerton Barn Festival, Baroque Artists of Champaign, Chicago College of Performing Arts Orchestra, Ashland Symphony Orchestra, and Wheaton Symphony. In addition, she performed the following roles at Chicago College of Performing Arts: Suzel in L’amico Fritz, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, Mimi in La bohème, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte. With Chicago Opera Theater, Ms. Wilson has portrayed The Countess (and Second Bridesmaid) in Le nozze di Figaro, Pat Nixon in John Adams's Nixon in China and the title role in Finding Yolanda (based on Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta). In addition, she has appeared on WFMT’s Solo Recital Fazioli Salon Series in Chicago.
“Rebecca Wilson plays Gutrune, sister of Gunther, and the scenes between her and Brünnhilde are amazing. Wilson is a staggeringly talented singer as well."
- St. Louis Magazine
"Rebecca Wilson brings a rich, powerful soprano to the role of Gutrune." - BroadwayWorld of Opera
"Soprano Rebecca Wilson has a beautiful lyric voice." - St. Louis Dispatch
"Wilson met “Dich teure Halle” head on, filling the exultant aria from Wagner’s Tannhäuser with a huge sound. We hope our first hearing of this sizeable voice will not be our last."
- Voce di Meche
"Rebecca Wilson, in the choral balcony, sang these words with touching pathos."
- The News Gazette
"Rebecca Wilson’s voice rode over the orchestral climaxes of the 'Liebestod.'"
- South Florida Classical Review
"Wilson has a dark, strong voice and she built the aria steadily to its ecstatic end."
- Palm Beach Arts Paper
"Rebecca Wilson [delivered an] “intimate “Liebestod” from 'Tristan und Isolde.'"
- Knight Foundation
"Soprano Rebecca Wilson was quite impressive."
"Soprano Rebecca Wilson, sang the texts with rich and ample voice, and with firm control of Wagner's noble and pathetic melodies."
- The News Gazette