Rebecca Hass

Rebecca Hass, Mezzo Soprano

Pacific Opera Victoria
Shepherdess in Jenůfa
October, 2017


Rebecca made her Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Marcellina in 2003's The Marriage of Figaro. She returned in 2005 for performances as the Gamekeeper's Wife / Owl in The Cunning Little Vixen and as Larina in Eugene Onegin. In 2007 she appeared as Gaea in POV's Canadian premiere of Richard Strauss' Daphne and in 2008 as Albine in Massenet's Thaïs. In 2009 she was Mother Goose in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, and in 2011 she performed both the Baroness in Samuel Barber's Vanessa and Mary in The Flying Dutchman. She was the Lady in Waiting in POV's October 2012 production of Verdi's Macbeth. Later that season she performed roles in all three of POV's Britten Festival productions in celebration of the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten. She was Mrs. Herring in Albert Herring; Mrs. Noye in Noye's Fludde; and Miss Baggott, the housekeeper in Let's make an Opera / The Little Sweep.

In October 2017 she is the Shepherdess in POV's company première of Janáček's Jenůfa, directed by Atom Egoyan.

Rebecca enjoys a rich and varied musical career that has embraced opera, concert work, and musicals with companies across Canada.

2017/18 highlights include Jeffery Ryan's Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation with the Vancouver and Calgary Symphonies and a house concert tour using traditional music from her Métis/Voyageur ancestry.

Recent engagements include Azucena (Il Trovatore) at The Astoria Music Festival, Oregon; the mezzo soprano soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Victoria Symphony, the Marquise (La Fille du Régiment) at Manitoba Opera, and the mezzo-soprano soloist in the world première of Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation by Jeffery Ryan, marking Ms. Hass' debut with the Calgary Philharmonic. Rebecca is a Certified Life Coach and in Fall 2012 worked with the Young Artist Program of Calgary Opera as a teacher of Creative Living Practices.

Other roles include Little Buttercup (HMS Pinafore) and Katisha (The Mikado) with Edmonton Opera; Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Mary (Der Fliegende Holländer), and Gertrude (Romeo et Juliette) with Calgary Opera; Third Secretary in the Canadian première of Nixon in China with Vancouver Opera; and Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Opera Lyra Ottawa

Her diverse career has also included Der Gymnasiast in Lulu for the Canadian Opera Company as directed by Nicholas Muni, Bloody Mary in South Pacific with Edmonton Opera, directed by Brian Deedrick, Nero for The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, directed by Stephen Wadsworth, Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw with Manitoba Opera, conducted by Bramwell Tovey and directed by Kelly Robinson, as well as Mrs. Mclean from Susannah as directed by Morris Panych for Vancouver Opera.

She has also been a soloist with many choral groups and orchestras including Boris Brotts' Summer Festival and the Victoria, Hamilton and Newfoundland Symphonies. In the Phantom of the Opera in Toronto, Rebecca performed as a swing for two years as well.

Rebecca has created several shows that mix monologue and songs from the great American song book. She wrote, produced and directed Wanna Sing a Show Tune, a humorous journey where she played a dishy diva that brings the offstage shenanigans onstage. She also created an emotional journey in Impressions of Emily Carr, using the writings of this great painter to illuminate the final years of her life using her own texts interspersed with songs.

Rebecca produces radio documentaries for CBC's The Current, The Sunday Edition, The Doc Project, Now or Never, Tapestry, and North by North West and has been a guest host of CBC's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. A clinician and life coach, she works with the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Canadian College of Performing Arts, Victoria Conservatory of Music, Opera Nuova and St. Andrews Opera and has adjudicated at music festivals across Canada.  She has performed with the Victoria Fringe Festival and the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, where she now makes her home. Her web site is www.rebeccahass.ca.

Rebecca Hass (Mrs. Herring) cut a fine line between the bullying, self-pitying widow and the genuinely grieving mother.
Elizabeth Paterson, Review Vancouver, Review of Albert Herring with Pacific Opera Victoria, 2013

Rebecca Hass made of the obstinately uncommunicative Old Baroness a fearsome figure of oppressively introverted passion.
Bernard Jacobson, Seen and Heard International, review of Vanessa, May 2011


 

October, 2017