Soprano Rebecca Turner, most-recently Visiting Vocal Pedagogue with TUNDI Productions of Brattleboro, Vermont, is excited to return in August 2019 to again collaborate with TUNDI as Production Advisor for Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. According to Ms. Turner, “TUNDI continues to propel itself and its performers/collaborators to the forefront of Twenty-First-Century operatic production. ‘Innovative, pioneering, and ground-breaking’ are just a few of the descriptors connected with this trail-blazing opera company and its inspiring leaders, Jenna Rae and Hugh Keelan, and I am thrilled and honored to collaborate once more with these incredible artists as they bring to life one of the most-beautiful love stories in history to the audiences of Brattleboro and beyond!”
A former member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Germany and the Bremer Theatre in Bremen, Germany, Turner came to singing by way of the piano. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance, piano pedagogy, and vocal performance from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, as well as a Master of Music degree in piano performance and collaborative piano from the University of North Texas in Denton. Upon completing her studies in Denton, Ms. Turner began vocal training in order to become better equipped as a vocal coach. This led her back to Shorter College for the vocal performance degree, and after four short years of study, she landed her first professional contract as a member of the solo ensemble with the Bremer Theatre. She performed there for four years before moving to Düsseldorf.
With over 700 performances to date, Ms. Turner’s repertoire is extensive, including the lead-soprano roles in such operas as Der fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Der Freischütz, Aida, Il Trovatore, La Forza del Destino, Simon Boccanegra, Turandot, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Gioconda, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, Eugene Onegin, Dialogues of the Carmelites, andPeter Grimes.In addition to Bremen and Düsseldorf, she has performed in the opera houses of Frankfurt, Cologne, Hannover, Mannheim, Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Dortmund, Kiel, Münster, Graz, Basel, as well as the Shanghai Grand Theater in Shanghai, China, where she was the first soprano in China’s history to perform a Wagner opera (Der fliegende Holländer). Her concert repertoire includes Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’sNinth Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Dvorak’s Requiem, Mahler’sLieder eines fahrenden Gesellenand Rückerlieder, Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder, Vaughan Williams’ Hodie, and Wagner’s Wesendoncklieder. Recital venues include the United States, Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, and Mexico.
Additional professional activity has included multiple recital and concert performances during the 2014-2018 seasons of the Bassi Brugnatelli Singing and Conducting Symposiumin Robbiate, Italy, where she was the Master Teacher and Artist-in-Residence. In addition to her teaching post in Robbiate, Turner was on the faculty of the International Lyric Academyin Italy; Guest Artist and Master Class Clinician for the Saltnotes Stageworks Festivalat Indian Head, Maryland; Music Director and Assistant Stage Director for productions of Copland’s The Tender Land and Britten’s Noye’s Fludde for the Shenandoah Performs Arts Festivalat the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia, and Assistant Music Director and Rehearsal/Performance pianist for Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Toddat Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina. She has also been serving as Visiting Vocal Pedagogue with TUNDI Productions of Brattleboro, Vermont, where she will serve as Production Advisor for the August 2019 production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, as well soloist for Wagner’s Wesendonckliederin collaboration with TUNDI’s own Music Director and Conductor, Hugh Keelan, at the piano.
Ms. Turner’s students have sung with major opera companies around the world, including those of Berlin, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Hannover, Brussels, and Strasburg, as well as the New York City Opera, Des Moines Opera, Opera Carolina, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Summer Opera Festival, and Virginia Opera. In 2002 and 2003 she served on the voice faculty of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival; was Visiting Instructor of Voice at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas for the spring of 2004; Associate Adjunct Professor of Voice for the 2004-2005 academic year at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia; Associate Professor of Voice at West Virginia University in Morgantown from 2005-2007, and is currently Professor of Voice in the Petrie School of Music at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC.