Rebecca Heath, soprano

 

Biography

Rebecca Heath, Australian-American soprano has continued to gain acclaim as a promising young opera singer, possessing a dramatic stage presence, warm lyric tone and sensitive musicality.


Most recently, Ms. Heath garnered rave reviews in her professional opera debut as Despina in the Opera in the Heights’ 2011 production of Così fan tutte in Houston. In 2013, she will return to OIH as Alice in Falstaff.


In 2010 Ms. Heath had the honor of accepting the Gerald R. Bischof Audience Choice Award among the finalists at the Lois Alba Aria Competition, singing “Stridono lassu” from Pagliacci. She also appeared as a guest artist at the 2009 Lois Alba Aria Competition singing “Son pochi fiori” and “The Cherry Duet” from L’Amico Fritz.


Ms. Heath received her Masters degree at the Moores School of Music where she performed the roles of Matilde Neruda in Daniel Catán’s Il Postino, 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute, La Baronne de Gondremarck in La Vie Parisienne, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the Moores Opera Center. In 2009 she was the soloist for Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light: A Requiem performed at both the Wortham Theater and the Moores Opera House in Houston and starred at the intensive training program and opera festival Opera in the Ozarks as Nedda in Pagliacci and Yum-Yum in The Mikado.


Rebecca Heath has performed the roles of Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica, Susan B. Anthony in The Mother of Us All, Diana in Orpheus in the Underworld, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Geraldine in A Hand of Bridge at the University of Texas at Austin where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. A native Houstonian, Ms. Heath received a Voice Performance Diploma at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2004 which ignited her passion for a career in opera.


Rebecca Heath began her singing career almost exclusively as a duettist with her mezzo- soprano sister Meaghan Heath, performing mostly Australian folk music and American popular and Broadway tunes. Together they have had varied experience, such as singing on Australian National television for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, opening the Australian Consulate at the Baker Institute, performing at the three-day annual Embassy Flower Mart event at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., and were the opening act for the famous Australian act, Pot Pourri, as well as the Asian Society Gala at the Ritz Carlton. In May of 2010, the Heath Sisters performed a Duet Benefit Concert, “Moments of Beauty,” for the Lady of Walsingham Institutes of Catholic Culture Studies in Houston.


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“Rebecca Heath makes a delightful, scene-stealing Despina,[Cosi fan tutte Opera in the Heights 2011] full of life and mischief. With her exuberant singing and vivacious personality, she even makes the recitative passages sparkle.”

—Houston Chronicle

“Son pochi fiori” from L’AMICO FRITZ by Mascagni

Copyright Meaghan and Rebecca Heath 2012