British soprano Rebecca Hardwick is a versatile classical singer based in London, regularly performing opera, oratorio and art song. She enjoys a variety of work internationally.
Rebecca read Music at the University of York, before accepting a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music, and going on to complete English National Opera’s Opera Works. Rebecca made her Covent Garden debut with the Royal Opera in the 2018/19 Season as First Bridesmaid (Le nozze di Figaro), a David McVicar revival directed by Thomas Guthrie. She has previously sung at the Royal Opera House as Victorian (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) in the Linbury Studio Theatre. This autumn she performs at Wexford Festival Opera as Isabella in Rossini‘s ‘L’inganno felice’.
Rebecca appears internationally and on multiple recordings with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras, recently touring Handel’s Semele to La Scala (Milan), Philharmonie (Paris), Palau de la Musica (Barcelona), and Alexandra Palace (London). Notable solo performances include Purcell’s Mad Bess with the English Baroque Soloists, and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the LSO (Barbican). She was nominated by Sir John Eliot Gardiner for the prestigious Joaninha award. Her operatic repertoire includes the title role in Handel’s Rodelinda, Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) with Berlin Opera Academy, Dot/ Day (Dove’s The Enchanted Pig), Una Conversa (Suor Angelica) and Cousin (Madama Butterfly) as a Young Artist for Opera Holland Park. She has also performed with Bergen National Opera, at the Aix-en-Provence festival and the BBC Proms.
Rebecca is an advocate for contemporary repertoire, and has performed Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire at the RCM, Stockhausen’s Am Himmel wandre ich in Germany and the UK, and part one of Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments at Snape Maltings as part of their Festival of New. Highlights of her concert appearances include ‘Hallelujah Handel’ at the Royal Albert Hall with the English Festival Orchestra, Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Oxford Bach Choir and at the Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Bach’s St Matthew Passion at Hereford Cathedral, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Mendelssohn’s Elijah at St-Martin-in-the-Fields, and Schubert’s Mass in E Flat at Cadogan Hall.
Rebecca is generously supported by the Elmley Foundation and the Helen Mackaness Trust.
***** www.theartsdesk.com – Stockhausen “AM HIMMEL WANDERS ICH”, Greengrassi Gallery, London: “The pitch was unfaltering, the unisons uncanny in Hardwick’s wide-eyed joy and assured dramatic soprano the line took on celebratory overtones of rebirth and renewal”
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