A versatile performer, Métis (Indigenous) Canadian Mezzo-Soprano, Rebecca Cuddy, is at home on both the contemporary and classical stage. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, she is currently enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, completing a Masters in Vocal Performance with world-renowned Mezzo-Soprano, Sarah Walker and Vocal Coach Jonathan Papp. She received her Bachelor of Music with Honours in Performance from The University of Western Ontario in 2015.
In 2016, Rebecca made her Bloomsbury Opera debut as Madame Popova in Walton’s the Bear. This year she returns to Bloomsbury Opera in the role of Dinah in their new production Tahiti. This production will feature a new contemporary opera entitled Pacific Pleasures by Alannah-Marie Halay as a prelude to Leonard Bernstein’s opera Trouble in Tahiti, directed by Jorge Balça and conducted by Karin Hendrickson.
Rebecca has a keen interest in contemporary music and is thrilled to be performing in A Certain Sense of Order presented by Tick Tock at Rough for Opera in March 2017 hosted by Second Movement at the Cockpit Theater. Rough for Opera will showcase a new contemporary opera in progress composed by Catherine Kontz, directed by Sasha Amaya and conducted by Naomi Woo. Last year Rebecca was the featured soloist in Depart, a collaborative production between Spitalfields Music, LIFT and the National Center for Circus Arts. In April 2016 she collaborated with the Royal Academy of Music’s Composition Department and premiered three new works in their annual Composition: Songbook Recital. She has been invited to return to perform in the Royal Academy of Music’s Contemporary Music Festival in June 2017 at The Ditch in Shoreditch, London.
Rebecca is Métis (Indigenous) and has a keen interest in Indigenous relations and music. In the fall of 2017 Rebecca will be touring with Toronto Concert Orchestra presenting Voice of a Nation in honour of Canada’s 150th Anniversary. She will première several new works by Métis composer Ian Cusson with texts by Métis poet Marilyn Dumont, and in collaboration with the Toronto Concert Orchestra (Maestro Kerry Stratton) and under the direction of Michael Mori (Tapestry Opera). In 2013 she sang at several Métis Nation of Ontario 20th Anniversary events including performances at Toronto City Hall and the Law Society of Upper Canada for the MNO’s Louis Riel Day Celebrations. Rebecca hopes to work closely with Indigenous musicians, composers and representatives in her continuing career.
Last season Rebecca made her Royal Academy Opera debut in their Vocal Faculty Opera Scenes Production as Idamante, conducted by Gareth Hancock and directed by John Ramster. She appeared as a chorus member in Royal Academy Opera’s production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night. In her 2014/15 season, she performed the roles of Maman and La Chatte in UWOpera’s (University of Western Ontario) production of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges directed by Michael Cavanaugh and conducted by Alain Trudel. She played Sesto in Accademia Europea Dell’Opera’s production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto directed by James Conway and conducted by Jonathan Peter Kenney. At the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy in the summer of 2014 she participated in a variety of scenes and explored various composers work in the operatic repertoire from Mozart to Britten, Verdi to Dvořák.
Since the spring of 2016 Rebecca has had the pleasure of performing beautiful works with London’s Philharmonia Chorus at numerous concerts in London and throughout Europe. She has performed in world famous venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall in London, Palau de la Musica and the Auditoria de la Diputacíon de Alicante in Spain and, most recently she performed Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg in January 2017. Rebecca will be returning to the Royal Festival Hall in June 2017, performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 by invitation with selected students from the Royal Academy of Music.
Rebecca is the recipient of the Laura Ganley Award (Indpsire), the Bilborough Bursary (Goodenough College), a Canada Council for the Arts grant, and in 2016 was a finalist for the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award. She has completed several young artist programs including the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, the Accademie Dell Europa Opera and the Jackdaw’s Music Education Trust Singing in Russian Course.
Rebecca volunteers with dementia sufferers and in 2016 she participated in the RAM Open Academy’s Music for Thought project connecting dementia sufferers and music students in the creation of new music performed at Wigmore Hall.
In addition to training in opera, Rebecca has studied dance extensively. She has over 15 years of training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Contemporary Dance, as well as more recent experience with ballroom styles. Rebecca has completed Stage Combat Basic Level Certificate from Fight Directors of Canada and is proficient in hand-to-hand stage combat, rapier and quarterstaff.