British soprano Rebecca Hardwick makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as First Bridesmaid (Le nozze di Figaro). She has previously sung at the Royal Opera House as Victorian (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) in the Linbury Studio Theatre.
Born in Worcestershire, Hardwick studied Music at the University of York and went on to study singing on a scholarship at the Royal College of Music and to complete English National Opera’s Opera Works course. She was selected to join the Monteverdi Choir’s Apprenticeship Programme, and continues to appear internationally with the Choir. She has sung Purcell’s Mad Bess with the English Baroque soloists and was nominated for the Joaninha Award by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Her operatic repertory includes the title role in Rodelinda, Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) with Berlin Opera Academy, Dot/Day (Dove’s The Enchanted Pig), and Lay Sister (Suor Angelica) and Cousin (Madama Butterfly) as a Young Artist for Opera Holland Park. She has also performed with Bergen National Opera, at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and at the BBC Proms.
A keen advocate for contemporary repertory, Hardwick has performed Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire at the RCM, Stockhausen’s Am Himmel wandre ich in Germany and UK and Part One of Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments at Snape Maltings as part of their Festival of the New. Her other concert highlights include Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Oxford Bach Choir and at the Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Bach’s St Matthew Passion in Hereford Cathedral, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Mendelssohn’s Elijah at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Schubert’s Mass in E flat major at Cadogan Hall. She sings regularly in the choir of St James’s, Spanish Place, London.