Rebecca Ringle Kamarei
Mezzo-soprano Rebecca Ringle Kamarie performs during Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Great Opera Arias on March 1 and 3, 2024.
Praised by Opera News for her “richly focused voice,” mezzo-soprano Rebecca Ringle Kamarei’s performances have brought her acclaim on operatic and concert stages. Her New York City Opera debut as Lola in Cavalleria rusticana was hailed as “sultry” and “sweetly sung” by The Wall Street Journal and London’s Financial Times. She returned to NYCO as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Dorothée in Cendrillon. The 2022-2023 season brings Rebecca back to The Metropolitan Opera for productions of The Hours and La traviata. During the 2021-2022 season, Rebecca joined The Metropolitan Opera for productions of Akhnaten, Elektra, and Brett Dean’s Hamlet and was a featured soloist in “Rachmaninoff and His World” at Bard Summerscape, and in concert with Aspect Foundation for Music and Arts.
In the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons, Rebecca was slated to return to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of Akhnaten, Manon, and La Cenerentola, to make her role debut as Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Boston Baroque, and to perform Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été with the Missoula Symphony (cancelled due to COVID-19).
Her 2018-2019 season included Marnie’s shadow in Marnie, the cover of Rossweisse in Die Walküre with the Metropolitan Opera, and Lucienne in Die tote Stadt with the Bard Summerscape. Rebecca also recently appeared as Catherine in Shining Brow with UrbanArias; Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Cincinnati Opera; Maddalena in Rigoletto with Baltimore Concert Opera; sang Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Rogue Valley Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, and Brevard Symphony; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Cheyenne Symphony; Verdi’s Requiem with the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra; Handel’s Messiah with Augustana College, the Omaha and Jacksonville Symphonies, and Rhode Island Philharmonic; Elijah with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the New West Symphony; and returned to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac, The Death of Klinghoffer, Manon, Shostakovich’s The Nose, and Elektra.
Other operatic highlights include her Metropolitan Opera mainstage debut singing Rosswisse in Die Walküre and repeating the role with Washington National Opera directed by Francesca Zambello, her international debut as Dido in Dido and Aeneas with the Macau International Music Festival, Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo with Opera Vivente, Leda in Die Liebe der Danae with the Bard SummerScape, the title role in Handel’s Ariodante and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with The Princeton Festival, Dorothée in Cendrillon with New Orleans Opera, and the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos with Utah Opera. In 2010, Rebecca joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera for their productions of Nixon in China and Die Walküre.
A consummate concert artist and recitalist, Rebecca has performed Handel’s Messiah with the Oratorio Society of New York, Jacksonville Symphony, Branford Camerata, Richmond Symphony, and Utah Symphony. She has sung Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Richmond Symphony, in Mozart’s Requiem with the National Chorale, and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Orchestra New England. She has appeared in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall performing de Falla’s Siete Cancones Populares Españolas and has collaborated with Ars Antiqua Baroque Orchestra on arias from Handel’s Hercules and Rinaldo and Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans.
A frequent interpreter of new music, Rebecca appeared with concert harpist Grace Cloutier and soprano Jennifer Black at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall with Stanzas in Meditation, a work written for this trio by composer Sarah Kirkland Snider. She has performed Schoenberg’s Das buch der hängenden Gärten, Frazelle’s Appalachian Folksongs (I), Argento’s Casa Guidi, and Bolcom’s I will breathe a Mountain in recital. Rebecca performed the role of SHE in the new opera Decoration by Mikael Karlsson with the American Opera Projects and has been a frequent artist in the VOX Composers Showcase at New York City Opera. She is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and The Yale School of Music and has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Spazio Musica Orvieto Concorso per Cantanti Lirici and the Heida Hermanns International Opera Competition.