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, and is renowned for her dedication to, and passion for, contemporary repertoire.
Rebecca’s operatic roles include the title role in Rodelinda (Handel) at the Foundling museum; Una Conversa (Suor Angelica, Puccini), and La Cugina (Madama Butterfly, Puccini) as a Christine Collins Young Artist for Opera Holland Park; Victorian (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Will Todd) at Opera Holland Park and the Linbury theatre, Royal Opera House; Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos, Struass) with Berlin Opera Academy; The Raver in a new opera by Josephine Stephenson (On False Perspectives) at the Benjamin Britten theatre, Royal College of Music, in association with Tête à Tête; she has also appeared as The Governess (The Turn of the Screw, Britten), Controller (Flight, Jonathan Dove), Semele (L’Egisto, Cavalli), Madame Silberklang (Die Schauspieldirektor), Fiordiligi (Così fan Tutte), Ilia (Idomeneo) in scenes.
Rebecca studied at the Royal College of Music as an RCM scholar with Tim Evans-Jones, and then on the Opera Works course at English National Opera with Martin Constantine. At the RCM she performed a wide range of new music including ‘I am Bread’ by Nicola LeFanu and ‘6 miniatures’ for soprano and ensemble by composer-in-residence Chaya Cherznowin. She also performed Schoenberg’s seminal ‘Pierrot Lunaire’ in the Amaryllis Fleming concert hall, with coaching and guidance from Jane Manning.
During her studies, Rebecca was selected as an Apprentice with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras, where she received training in both solo and ensemble repertoire including Bach, Brahms, Schütz, Handel and Monteverdi. Notable solo performances include Purcell’s ‘Mad Bess’ with the English Baroque Soloists in Temple Church, and as a fairy in Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ live from the Barbican on BBC Radio 3. She was subsequently nominated for the Joaninha Trust award by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Rebecca was also coached at the Stockhausen Stiftung-für-Musik in Kürten on the composer’s a cappella work for 2 voices AM HIMMEL WANDRES ICH with tenor George Chambers, taught by its original singers Helga Hamm-Albrecht and Karl Blakey, with further support from Kathinka Pasveer. They have toured this remarkable piece to Dublin, Oxford, Cambridge and London – watch this space for future dates.
***** 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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