Mezzo-soprano Rebecca Printz, described by the Boston Phoenix as having “one of the richest and most deeply beautiful voices… heard from a young singer in many years”, completed post-graduate studies at the BU Opera Institute in spring 2020, studying under Associate Professor of Voice Penelope Bitzas. In April of 2018, Rebecca completed her Masters in vocal performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Professor of Voice William McGraw. Rebecca is also a graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she studied voice with Kendra Colton, as well as art history.
In summer 2020, Rebecca is extremely excited to be returning to the Marlboro Music Festival as a member of the Vocal Program.
With BU Opera Theater, Rebecca recently performed the role "Hannah After" in Laura Kaminsky's chamber opera As One. She was also seen as Baba the Turk in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress at BU earlier this year. In 2019, Rebecca sang the title role in Tobias Picker's Dolores Claiborne, and will be heard on the upcoming recording of the opera. Her concert work in 2018 included a performance with Winsor music as the soloist in Bach's cantata BWV 82, Ich habe genug. Rebecca also had the pleasure of singing John Harbison's chamber work The Seven Ages with Collage New Music, and was praised for her "strong, rich mezzo", and a performance "[sung] with energy, grandeur, and love".
Rebecca spent the summer of 2018 as a Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she participated in a performance of Bernstein's A Quiet Place, among other TMC concerts. At CCM, Rebecca performed as Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Paquette in Candide, and Madame de la Haltière in Cendrillon. In January 2017, Rebecca made her debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as the alto soloist in Bach's Cantata 150. As an undergraduate at Oberlin, Rebecca performed the title role in Oberlin Opera Theater’s production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, which was praised as “beautifully sung and acted” by Cleveland Classical. In prior Oberlin productions, Rebecca was seen in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene as Mrs. Hildebrand, Britten’s Albert Herring as Florence Pike, and Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus as a member of the ensemble.
Additionally, Rebecca has participated in masterclasses with Warren Jones, Renée Fleming, Roger Vignoles, Marilyn Horne, Martin Katz, Delores Ziegler, and Mildred Miller.