Born in Bedfordshire, soprano Rebecca Bottone studied opera at the Royal Academy of Music.
Her recent concert engagements include Charmeuse in Thaïs at the Chatelet, Paris, conducted by Eschenbach; Adès Five Eliot Landscape for Radio France; Handel Arias with the Kings Consort at Wigmore Hall and the St. John Passion with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi at the Teatro degli Archimboldi. At the Edinburgh Festival she has sung Adelaide di Borgogna with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Giuliano Carella, which was recorded for Opera Rara, Beethoven’s C Minor Mass and Christ on the Mount of Olives with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by David Robertson, and Dialogues des Carmelites with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Stéphane Denève.
Her operatic career so far has seen her working with conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Richard Hickox and Marc Minkowski. She has sung: Cricket and Parrot in the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Pinocchio for Opera North; Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail for the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Scottish Opera; Casilda in The Gondoliers for English National Opera; Cis in Albert Herring, which was recorded with Chandos and broadcast on Radio 3; Nanetta and Tytania with English Touring Opera; Elisa in New Kent Opera’s production of Mozart’s Il re pastore; the Dew Fairy and Sandman for Scottish Opera on Tour and Opera North and Rosina in Paisiello’s The Barber of Seville for Bampton Classical Opera. She also appeared in BBC 2’s TV documentary The Genius of Beethoven performing with the English Chamber Orchestra. Recently, she has sung Carolina in The Secret Marriage for Scottish Opera, the First Innocent in the world premiere of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur and the Maid in Adès’ Powder Her Face, both for the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden.
Future operatic engagements include Cleone in Rossini’s Ermione for Opera Rara, with David Parry, the Maid in the world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s first opera Pirma Donna for Opera North and the title role of Patience for BBC Proms.