Personal Summary / Bio
Rebecca Dowd is a soprano specializing in early music performance, both as a soloist and chamber musician. Born in Montreal, Canada, Rebecca began her musical career as a violinist and chorister, and actively pursued both until 2008 when she made the transition to full-time vocal study; her recent discovery of early music has made said transition that much sweeter. Upcoming engagements in 2013-14 include concerts with the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, joint performances with the Trinity-Wall Street Choir/SMAM, a solo recital in May 2014 of early French and English chamber music, and a performance at the Berkeley Festival 2014 with The Victoria IV, a 4-voice madrigal ensemble which she co-founded in 2011.
She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Early Music Voice Performance under renowned mezzo-soprano Annamaria Popescu at McGill University. Rebecca also coaches extensively with conductor and Baroque vocal specialist Valerie Kinslow, and ensemble coaches Betsy MacMillan, Sylvain Bergeron, and Hank Knox. She has performed with many of Canada’s premiere ensembles including the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, I Musici, l’Orchestre Métropolitain and Concerto Della Donna, under distinguished conductors including Christopher Jackson, Iwan Edwards, Julian Wachner, Adrian Butterfield and Gary Wedow.
Rebecca recently appeared as Juno/Fairy 1 in Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen in the Amherst Early Music Festival’s Opera Workshop program under the direction of Drew Minter and Gary Wedow, and Drusilla in a scenes program of Monteverdi’s L’incoronzatione di Poppea as part of the Queen’s College Baroque Opera Workshop, directed by Christa Patton and David Ronis. Other ‘12-‘13 season highlights included a sponsored chamber performance at Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival/BEMF, singing in masterclasses with Dame Emma Kirkby, Julianne Baird, Ellen Hargis and Shannon Mercer, and a solo recital in April 2013 of early 17th-century German and Italian repertoire.