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Rebecca Wascoe

Rebecca WascoeRebecca Wascoe is an award-winning soprano known for her commanding stage presence and critically acclaimed as “vocally resplendent,” she brings a dramatic intensity to each role she takes on.   Some roles performed include Agathe in Der Freischuütz, Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte, First Lady in The Magic Flute, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Ann Putnam in The Crucible, Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, The Witch and Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel, Mimi and Musetta in La Bohème and Nella in Gianni Schicchi.  Her solo repertoire includes major works by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Mahler, Verdi and Brahms, amongst others. 

Additionally, Wascoe has twice been a winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Awards, and has placed in the Sigma Alpha Iota Graduate Performance Awards, she was also a Finalist in Charles A. Lynam and the Opera Company of the Quad Cities Competitions. She has been recognized as a finalist or semi-finalist in many other international competitions, including Merola, the Marguerite McCammon, the Dallas Opera Guild, Opera Birmingham, Irma M. Cooper Opera Columbus Competition, and the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation.  She is a recipient of the Sigma Alpha Iota Doctoral Grant, and continues to present recitals throughout the United States . Current projects include a CD of sacred music by Mississippi composer, Len Bobo available through APAD Recordings, and a commissioned song cycle based upon the life of Mary Magdalene by American composer, Libby Larsen.  She was recently featured on the International Music Foundation’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Recital Series, which was broadcast live in WFMT Chicago.  She will be featured on the Altier Recital Series in Paris in the fall of 2013. 

Dr. Wascoe joined the faculty of Musiche in the Marche , an opera training program in the summer of 2012.  Presentations took place at the National Opera Association’s national conference in January, as well as the International Arts and Humanities conference in Honolulu , Hawaii .

Rebecca’s vocal training began in her home state of Texas , where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Texas in Arlington . She also holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas , where she studied with Lynn Eustis, Harold Heiberg, and Jeannine Crader. Her Doctorate in Vocal Performance and Literature was attained from the University of Illinois in 2008, where she studied with Sylvia Stone, Jeffrey Peterson, Julie Gunn and Thomas Schleis. Dr. Wascoe continues her vocal studies with John Wustman and Inci Bashar.  She was an Assistant Professor of Voice at Mississippi State University .

To contact Rebecca Wascoe, email rebecca.wascoe@ttu.edu.