The American soprano, Rebekah Camm, began her vocal studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she studied with renowned soprano Shirley Verrett, and did graduate work in vocal performance at DePaul University.With DePaul Opera Theatre she sang numerous roles, including Micaëla in Georges Bizet‘s Carmen and Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo. Camm was a finalist in the 2005 Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers.Her other awards include third place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Central Region Auditions, the Annual Rose McGilvray Grundman Scholarship awarded by the American Opera Society of Chicago (Grand Prize winner, 2004). She has been regularly acknowledged as a fine, emerging artist, was a Young Artist with Santa Fe Opera in 2005, and was awarded the 2005 Judith Raskin Memorial Award for her work as a Santa Fe Opera apprentice. She has enjoyed the privilege of training in several notable programs including the Aspen Music Festival (where she was the soprano soloist in J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata BWV 211 with Apollo’s Fire) and the Houston Grand Opera Studio, in addition to the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice program. She is the 1st Prize Winner of the distinguished Lotte Lenya competition for 2010.
Rebekah Camm consistently demonstrates her artistic and musical excellence on the operatic, concert and recital stages. Hailed for her “unfailingly gorgeous” voice and exceptional dramatic abilities, Ms. Camm has clearly established herself as a “significant new voice in opera” (The Washington Post). She has performed with the San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Alabama Symphony, Spoleto USA and the National Symphony Orchestra. Since making her operatic debut as Micaëla in Carmen with the Houston Grand Opera in 2005, she has undertaken important roles with excellent success garnering consistent acclaim for both the beauty of her singing and her compelling stage presence.
While a member of the Houston Opera Studio, Rebekah Camm made several celebrated company and role debuts. She sang Gretel in Basil Twist’s acclaimed production of Engelbert Humperdinck‘s Hansel and Gretel and Chocholka in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen.for Houston Grand Opera (HGO). She was also heard as Micaëla in the alternate cast performances of G. Bizet‘s Carmen, performed Damigella in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, and sang Barbarina in the Miller Outdoor Theatre performances of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in HGO’s 2005-2006 season. She made her company debut with Wolf Trap Opera Company singing Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, a role she had previously performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and she sang Micaëla in Carmen with the distinguished National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Stephen Lord. She added other important roles to her repertoire in the period including Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro which she covered for Houston Grand Opera. In summer 2007 she sang Micaëla in G. Bizet‘s Carmen with Wolf Trap Opera. In September 2007 she made her Los Angeles Opera debut as Marzelline in L.v. Beethoven‘s Fidelio.
2007-2008 season highlight performances for Rebekah Camm included Pamina in Die Zauberflöte for Houston Grand Opera; Marzelline in Fidelio in her debut with the Los Angeles Opera; the World Premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ dramatic oratorio The Refuge, also for Houston Grand Opera; the title role Alcina in Alcina for Wolf Trap Opera Company, and a return to Los Angeles Opera to sing Nella in the acclaimed Woody Allen production of Gianni Schicchi. Engagements in the 2008-2009 season for Camm included Dolly Messiter in the World Premiere of Andre Previn’s Brief Encounter for Houston Grand Opera, Laura in Verdi’s Luisa Miller with the Cincinnati May Festival, the Soprano Soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, also for the Cincinnati May Festival, and additional performances of Gianni Schicchi for the Spoleto Festival, Italy.
Highlights of the 2009-2010 season included Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica and a reprise of Nella in Gianni Schicchi in her San Francisco Opera company debut. Following were debut performances of Annunciata in William Bolcom’s Lucrezia and Ortensia in John Musto’s Bastianello as part of the Discovery Series of the Wolf Trap Foundation, a return to the Cincinnati May Festival to sing the soprano solos in Mozart’s C minor Mass, L.v. Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, and J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244), Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb – all to excellent acclaim – with John Conlon conducting; and a role and company debut singing the title role in Suor Angelica with Maestro Lorin Maazel at his Castleton Festival. Projects in the 2010-2011 season for Rebekah Camm comprised mainstage performances of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro for Los Angeles Opera under the musical direction of Plácido Domingo, a role and company debut singing Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica)for the Castleton Festival led by Lorin Maazel, a cover assignment of Eliza, the leading role in Nico Muhly’s Dark Sistersa a new work in co-production with Gotham Chamber Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia, and a return to the Rochester Chamber Orchestra singing the Soprano Solo in George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, a debut with Spoleto, USA where she performed both 1st Lady in Die Zauberflöte and the Soprano Solo in Bruckner’s Te Deum,an Antonia cover for Wolf Trap Opera Company, and a debut with the distinguished Alabama Symphony Orchestra singing the soprano solo in Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3.
2011-2013 included assignments with two additional important companies: Opera Company of Philadelphia (Eliza cover in Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters) and New York City Opera (covers of both Orasia in Georg Philipp Telemann’s Orpheus and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte), a return engagement with Alabama Symphony Orchestra following her much acclaimed performance of Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, return to the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, and a return to Wolf Trap Opera Company as part of the Discovery Series. The period also includes debuts with the Akron Symphony Orchestra as Soprano Soloist in the Francis Poulenc‘s Gloria and Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, the Saginaw Bay Symphony where she performs Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, and Cantori New York where she sings the Stabat Mater of Frank Ferko; and a Arnold Schoenberg recital for the NYC Austrian Cultural Forum.
Rebekah Camm begins her 2013-2014 season in a company and role debut singing Alice in Falstaff for Opera San Jose.