B i o g r a p h y
Soprano, Rebecca Achtenberg, has distinguished herself as a sensitive and compelling musician and performer. She 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.
This year, she began her Performer Diploma in Voice at Indiana University's Jacobs School of music, and in the spring she will sing the role of Mimi in their production of Puccini's La bohème. During the summer of 2020, she was slated to make her debut as Junon and to cover Clarine in Rameu's Platée, as a member of the inaugural class of Lakes Area Music Festival's Vocal Fellowship program, which was cancelled due to Covid.
In 2019, she was seen as Older Alyce in Penn Square Music Festival's production of Glory Denied, Lia in Garden State Opera’s production of l’Enfant prodigue, and Rosario in Granados's Goyescas with Hub City Opera. That year she also appeared as 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 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 currently based in Bloomington, Indiana, with her wife and 2 dogs.