Rebecca Copley
Biography
Biography
 
Hailed by critics as one of America's most gifted vocalists, Rebecca Copley has performed with leading opera companies and orchestras worldwide.  In her professional debut, she scored a stunning success as Desdemona opposite James McCracken in Otello at the New Jersey State Opera.
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Otello
Rebecca Copley, James McCracken
Acclaimed as a major new talent, she received similar accolades in France following a performance of the Verdi Requiem with the Paris Opera.  Since then, she has triumphed in many of opera's most demanding roles throughout the United States, South America and Europe.
 
Soprano Rebecca Copley was the vocal star, with a floating, ethereal tone that shone out above the thickest orchestral textures.  (The Gazette - Colorado Springs, Colorado)
 
So began Season 2005/2006 for acclaimed soprano, Rebecca Copley, singing Verdi's Requiem with Maestro Lawrence Leighton Smith and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.  She exhibited her artistry in recital and, in demand as a teacher of vocal technique, offered challenging instruction in Master classes before returning to New York's Avery Fisher Hall/Lincoln Center for Bach's B Minor Mass with the National Chorale and Maestro Martin Josman.
 

2006/2007 Season

Season 2006/2007 begins with Ms Copley presented in Recital by the McPherson Kansas Arts and Lecture Series - September 10, 2006, with accomplished pianist Rachel Carlson.  Following this, Rebecca is soloist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic in performances of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis -- "in a special 5-year tribute to all those who suffered a loss on September 11, 2001"  September 30 - October 1, 2006 - Pike's Peak Center, Colorado Springs.  New York audiences will have the opportunity to hear Ms Copley as soprano soloist for Mozart's Requiem and Regina Coeli, K. 127, at Avery Fisher/Lincoln Center, Friday, March 16, 2007.
 
 
2004/2005 brought Rebecca Copley to the Metropolitan Opera once again singing Gerhilde (Die Walkure) including the broadcast; Abigaille (Nabucco) following her acclaimed 2004 Met in the Parks performance; and Turandot (Turandot) where she triumphed in the great Zeffirelli production as the Ice Princess on February 1, 2005. The Dahesh Museum (New York) presented her in recital in February with acclaimed pianist John DeMaio.
 
Rebecca opened the 2003/2004 Season as Abigaille in Verdi's Nabucco with Opera Carolina. She continued at the Metropolitan Opera with several performances as Gerhilde (including her broadcast debut) in Wagner's Die Walkure; Abigaille (Nabucco - Metropolitan Opera in the Parks); and the Foreign Princess in Dvorak's Rusalka.

 

Season 2002/2003 found Ms Copley at Avery Fisher Hall (NYC) for Verdi's Requiem, participating in Opera De Montreal's 7th Gala, joining the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony for Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, and several regional recitals and master classes.

 

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Turandot
Rebecca Copley, Matthew Kirchner
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Photograph courtesy of the Minnesota Opera and Gary Mortenson.
Highlights for the 2001/2002 season included Avery Fisher Hall/Lincoln Center welcoming Ms. Copley for performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and the Brahms Requiem, followed by a concert tour of Italy.

The 2000/2001 season included the title role of  Puccini's Turandot with Opera Carolina and the Minnesota Opera, Verdi's Lady Macbeth with Opera Pacific in Costa Mesa, and participation in "Le Gala 5e Edition" with L'Opera de Montreal.

 
Opening the 1999/2000 season in September with the prestigious Prague Autumn Festival, Ms. Copley thrilled audiences with an evening of all Verdi arias and duets and a concert that included Mozart concert arias and Rossini's Stabat Mater.  In November, she sang Verdi's Requiem with the National Chorale in New York's Avery Fisher Hall.
Gerontius Group
Stefano Algieri, Rebecca Copley
Lawrence Leighton Smith, John Cheek
This was followed by performances of Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius with the Kansas City Symphony, and a return to Rollins College and The Bach Festival Society for an all Wagner program.
 
Season 1998/1999 included her debut in Bilbao, Spain, performing and recording the title role in Jesus Guridi's Basque opera, Amaya, in June of 1998.  Amaya has since been released in Spain as a private limited edition recording, followed by the international Marco Polo release in October 2000.  Ms. Copley opened the Ft. Worth Opera season with Turandot, performed Norma with the Baltimore Opera, Aida in Louisiana, Penderecki's Polish Requiem in Vancouver, Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with Philippe Entremont in Santo Domingo, and numerous other orchestral engagements and recitals.
 
The 1997/1998 season saw her return to the Metropolitan Opera for Stiffelio (Lina) conducted by James Levine, including Placido Domingo, Paul Plishka and Vladimir Chernov.  Ms. Copley also sang Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Memphis and the New Haven Symphony Orchestras and toured Japan with the same work, performing in Tokyo, Nagoya, Yokohama, Osaka, and Sapporo.
Japan
Beethoven's Symphony No. 9
(Japan)
Lawrence Leighton Smith, Mark Marriott
Stefan Szkafarowsky, Rebecca Copley
Yun Deng
 
1996/1997 saw her much anticipated debut as Tatiana in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin with the Palm Beach Opera conducted by Anton Guadagno, with bass Paul Plishka singing the role of  Prince Gremin.  L'Orchestra de Montreal later welcomed her for "Gala" Italian aria concerts.
 
A return to the Metropolitan Opera for Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, which she also sang with the New Orleans Opera began the 1995/1996 season.
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Don Giovanni
Louis Otey, Rebecca Copley
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Other performances were Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the same work at Chicago's Grant Park Festival (both conducted by Hugh Wolff), and appearances with the National Chorale in Avery Fisher Hall, New York, with orchestral engagements in Puerto Rico, Savannah, and Winter Park, Florida.
 
Her schedule for the 1994/1995 season included Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera as well as concert performances of Turandot with the Knoxville Symphony, the Verdi Requiem with the Memphis Symphony, an all-Wagner concert with the Austin Symphony, a program of arias with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 with the San Diego Symphony.
 
Nabucco - Click for a larger view
Nabucco
Rebecca Copley
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Ms. Copley's 1993/1994 season included performances of Mozart's Die Zauberflote at the Metropolitan Opera, Verdi's Il Trovatore with the Palm Beach Opera and Don Giovanni with the Ft. Worth Opera.  In the spring of 1994, she scored a great success in South Africa as Abigaille in Verdi's Nabucco.  Her concert schedule included engagements with the Louisville Orchestra, the Quad City Symphony and the Sioux City Symphony.
 
Seasons with the Metropolitan Opera have also included  Don Giovanni, Un Ballo in Maschera (Ms. Copley's debut with the company), and Il Trovatore, as well as performances on  East Asian tours and in the New York City Parks.   Ms. Copley made her New York City Opera debut as the Ice Princess, Turandot.
Metropolitan Opera Debut
Metropolitan Opera Debut
Richard Leech, Rebecca Copley
Louis Ouilico
Earlier, having bowed as Leonore in Il Trovatore with Deutsche Oper Berlin, she triumphed as Norma with the Palm Beach Opera and the Connecticut Opera, and sang Aida to great acclaim with Knoxville Opera and Arizona Opera.
 
Concert appearances for Rebecca Copley are in demand and have included Britten's War Requiem and the Verdi Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony and Hugh Wolff, Mendelssohn's Lobgesang with the Cleveland Orchestra, several engagements with Robert Shaw, including Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Dallas Symphony, performances of Verdi's Requiem, and Elijah with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
 
Other highlights have been the Brahm's Requiem and Bach Cantatas with the National Chorale, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in Rio de Janeiro, and Bach's Mass in B Minor with New York's Musica Sacra at Avery Fisher Hall.   Ms. Copley was soprano soloist for the live, nationwide PBS telecast of Handel's Messiah and Bach's Passion According to St. Matthew - "An American Easter" -  from Bethany College.
The Messiah Chorus - Click for a larger view
Messiah Festival
Marcus Haddock, Rebecca Copley
Dr. Elmer Copley (conductor)
Karen Brunssen, Nickolas Karousatos
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Rebecca Copley is a resident of Lindsborg, Kansas, a Swedish arts community and the home of Bethany College, where she received her training.
 
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