B i o g r a p h y

Young soprano, Rebecca Achtenberg, has distinguished herself as a sensitive and compelling musician and performer. The Kansas City native was recently named the 2nd prize winner of the 31st Annual Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition and of the Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation Competition.

 

In 2019, she was seen as the Lia in Garden State Opera’s production of l’Enfant prodigue and Rosario in Granados's Goyescas with Hub City Opera, and Annina in Verdi's La traviata with New Rochelle Opera, and the High Priestess in Verdi’s Aida with  Boheme Opera of New Jersey. Other recent appearances include Older Alyce in Cipullo’s Glory Denied with Tri-Cities Opera, 1st Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Flora in La traviata with CoOPERAtive Opera, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte with Opera 691.

Rebecca is a graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, with a double degree in Voice Performance and Comparative Literature and received a master's degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College. At Westminster, she sang Marenka in Smetana's Bartered Bride, along with Mimì in scenes from Puccini’s La bohème, La Princesse in Ravel's l'Enfant et les sortilèges, and Manon in scenes from Massenet’s Manon. During her time at Oberlin, Rebecca sang the title role in Mozart's La finta giardiniera, Das Taumännchen in Humperinck's Hänsel und Gretel, and 1st Nursemaid in Weill's Street Scene. She was also involved in many premieres of new works, including a production of Lewis Nielson's Opera NOVA with Cleveland's Real Time Opera. 

An active performer of song, she is the recipient of the Dalton Baldwin Art Song Prize. Recently, she presented a recital of Barber, Debussy, Mozart, and Floyd at Princeton's Salon 33. She was a member of the Vancouver International Song Institute's Advanced Performance Studies program and has performed in Westminster Choir College's Art Song Festival. In concert with orchestra, she has sung the soprano solos in Fauré’s Requiem, Bartok's Three Village Scenes, and Haydn's Kleine Orgelmesse. 

Rebecca is a graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, with a double degree in Voice Performance and Comparative Literature and received a master's degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College. At Westminster, she sang Marenka in Smetana's Bartered Bride, along with Mimì in scenes from Puccini’s La bohème, La Princesse in Ravel's l'Enfant et les sortilèges, and Manon in scenes from Massenet’s Manon. During her time at Oberlin, Rebecca sang the title role in Mozart's La finta giardiniera, Das Taumännchen in Humperinck's Hänsel und Gretel, and 1st Nursemaid in Weill's Street Scene. She was also involved in many premieres of new works, including a production of Lewis Nielson's Opera NOVA with Cleveland's Real Time Opera. 

An active performer of song, she is the recipient of the Dalton Baldwin Art Song Prize. Recently, she presented a recital of Barber, Debussy, Mozart, and Floyd at Princeton's Salon 33. She was a member of the Vancouver International Song Institute's Advanced Performance Studies program and has performed in Westminster Choir College's Art Song Festival. In concert with orchestra, she has sung the soprano solos in Fauré’s Requiem, Bartok's Three Village Scenes, and Haydn's Kleine Orgelmesse. 

Rebecca is currently based in Bloomington, Indiana, with her wife and dog.