Rebecca Wascoe Hays
Assistant Professor of Voice
Office: School of Music, Room 120
Phone: (806) 834-2609
Rebecca Wascoe Hays’ lush, full-bodied soprano and commanding stage presence have brought her diverse critical acclaim. She brings an innate dramatic intensity and musical intelligence to all of her repertoire. She will sing the soprano solos in May, 2017 at Alice Tully Hall in New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
In past seasons season she has sung the title role in Tosca with Louisiana Opera, been heard as the Wife in the world-premiere performance of The Breath of Life at Texas Tech University and been featured as the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. Additional concerts have included recitals/master classes at Brigham Young University, Central Oklahoma University and The University of Texas at Arlington.
Additionally, she’s sung the role of Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmélites with Louisiana Opera, sang Micaëla in Carmen with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and played the Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins with Lubbock Moonlight Musicals. She was also heard in recital singing Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Libby Larsen’s Mary Magdalene at the University of Portland, Texas Tech University, and on the Voces Intimae concert series in Dallas, Texas. She was seen as Nedda in I Pagliacci at Musica alla Ponte (Florence, Italy).
Rebecca has embodied the roles of Agathe in Der Freischütz, Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte, Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Leonora in La Forza del Destino, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Ann Putnam in The Crucible, Leonore in Fidelio, and both Mimì and Musetta in La Bohème.
Wascoe Hays is an avid promoter of contemporary American composers. She collaborated in commissioning a song cycle from American composer, Libby Larsen, and premiered the work, The Magdalene at Baylor University in 2013 and has since performed it in venues across the globe. This project has led to the culmination of a record contract with Albany Records in which The Magdalene, two new duets written for the artist, as well as several previously unrecorded operatic arias by the composer will be featured.
Current projects include a CD of sacred music by Mississippi composer, Len Bobo, which is available through APAD Recordings. An active recitalist and soloist, she appeared recently at Chicago Symphony Hall with the Elgin Symphony in Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, and with the Lubbock Chorale in Mozart’s Vespers. She has performed the solos in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mahler’s 3rd Symphony, Rutter’s Magnificat, Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, Fauré’s Requiem, and Händel’s Messiah amongst others. Dr. Wascoe Hays has twice been a winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Award, and has placed in the Sigma Alpha Iota Graduate Performance Awards. She was a Finalist in the Charles A. Lynam and Opera Company of the Quad Cities Competitions, and has been recognized as a finalist or semi-finalist in many other international competitions, including: Merola, the Marguerite McCammon Competition, 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 internationally.
Dr. Wascoe Hays is the Co-director of Music in the Marche, an opera training program for young singers, located in Mondavio, Italy each summer.