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Rebecca Ringle Kamarei

mezzo-soprano

Praised by Opera News for her “richly focused voice”, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Ringle Kamarei’s performances have brought her acclaim on operatic and concert stages. Her New York City Opera début as Lola in Cavalleria rusticana was hailed as “sultry” and “sweetly sung” by The Wall Street Journal and London’s Financial Times. She returned to NYCO as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Dorothée in Cendrillon. Last season brought Rebecca back to The Metropolitan Opera for productions of The Hours and La Traviata as well as to Smith College for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. This season, she joins the South Florida Symphony for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society for a concert of Bach cantatas.

In recent seasons, Rebecca joined The Metropolitan Opera for productions of Akhnaten, Elektra, Brett Dean’s Hamlet, as Marnie’s shadow in Marnie, and the cover of Rossweisse in Die Walküre. Additionally, she performed Lucienne in Die tote Stadt with the Bard Summerscape; appeared as Catherine in Shining Brow with UrbanArias; Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Cincinnati Opera; Maddalena in Rigoletto with Baltimore Concert Opera; sang Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Rogue Valley Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, and Brevard Symphony; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Cheyenne Symphony; Verdi’s Requiem with the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra; Handel’s Messiah with Augustana College, the Omaha and Jacksonville Symphonies, and Rhode Island Philharmonic; Elijah with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the New West Symphony.

In 2010, Rebecca joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera for their productions of Nixon in China and Die Walküre. Other highlights with The Metropolitan Opera include her mainstage début singing Rosswisse in Die Walküre and productions of Cyrano de Bergerac, The Death of Klinghoffer, Manon, The Nose, and Elektra. 

Other career highlights include Rosswisse in Die Walküre with Washington National Opera directed by Francesca Zambello, her international début as Dido in Dido and Aeneas with the Macau International Music Festival, Armida in Rinaldo with Opera Vivente, Leda in Die Liebe der Danae with the Bard SummerScape, the title role in Ariodante and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with The Princeton Festival, Dorothée in Cendrillon with New Orleans Opera, and the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos with Utah Opera. 

A consummate concert artist and recitalist, Rebecca has performed Handel’s Messiah with the Oratorio Society of New York, Jacksonville Symphony, Branford Camerata, Richmond Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and Utah Symphony.  She has sung Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Richmond Symphony, in Mozart’s Requiem with the National Chorale, and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Orchestra New England.  She has appeared in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall performing de Falla’s Siete Cancones Populares Españolas and has collaborated with Ars Antiqua Baroque Orchestra on arias from Handel’s Hercules and Rinaldo and Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans. 

A frequent interpreter of new music, Rebecca appeared with concert harpist Grace Cloutier and soprano Jennifer Black at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall with Stanzas in Meditation, a work written for this trio by composer Sarah Kirkland Snider. She has performed Schoenberg’s Das buch der hängenden Gärten, Frazelle’s Appalachian Folksongs (I), Argento’s Casa Guidi, and Bolcom’s I will breathe a Mountain in recital. Rebecca performed the role of SHE in the new opera Decoration by Mikael Karlsson with the American Opera Projects and has been a frequent artist in the VOX Composers Showcase at New York City Opera.  She is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and The Yale School of Music and has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Spazio Musica Orvieto Concorso per Cantanti Lirici and the Heida Hermanns International Opera Competition.

Current as of August 29, 2023.

Rebecca Ringle Kamarei

Meet the Musicians

FIRST VIOLIN
Carmelo de los Santos
Karen McKinnon Concertmaster Chair
Sarah Tasker •••
Assistant Concertmaster
Ana María Quintero Muñoz
Joan Wang +
Heidi Deifel
Juliana Huestis
Barbara Rivers
Nicolle Maniaci
Barbara Scalf Morris

SECOND VIOLIN
Rachel Jacklin •
Carol Swift •••
Julanie Lee
Jessica Retana ++
Liana Austin
Lidija Peno-Kelly
Sheila McLay
Brad Richards

VIOLA
Laura Chang
Kimberly Fredenburgh •••
Allegra Askew
Christine Rancier
Laura Steiner
Michael Anderson
Lisa DiCarlo
Joan Hinterbichler
Laura Campbell

CELLO
Amy Huzjak
Jonathan Flaksman •••

Carla Lehmeier-Tatum
Ian Mayne-Brody
Dana Winograd
David Schepps
Lisa Collins
Elizabeth Purvis

BASS
Mark Tatum ••
Katherine Olszowka
Terry Pruitt
Marco Retana
Frank Murry

FLUTE
Valerie Potter
Esther Fredrickson
Jiyoun Hur ••+
Noah Livingston ••++

PICCOLO
Esther Fredrickson

OBOE
Kevin Vigneau
Amanda Talley

ENGLISH HORN
Melissa Peña ••+
Rebecca Ray ••++

CLARINET
Marianne Shifrin
Lori Lovato •••
Jeffrey Brooks

E-FLAT CLARINET
Lori Lovato

BASS CLARINET
Jeffrey Brooks

BASSOON
Stefanie Przybylska •
Denise Turner

HORN
Peter Erb •+
Alana Yee +++
Allison Tutton
Andrew Meyers
Maria Long ••••

TRUMPET
John Marchiando
Brynn Marchiando
Sam Oatts ••

TROMBONE
Aaron Zalkind
Byron Herrington

BASS TROMBONE
David Tall +
Robinson Schulze ++

TUBA
Richard White

TIMPANI
Micah Harrow •+

PERCUSSION
Jeff Cornelius
Kenneth Dean
Emily Corneliu

Principal •
Associate Principal ••
Assistant Principal •••
Assistant ••••
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Half-year position +++