Hailed as “a theatrical performer whose rise to watch” (Opera News) and a “dusky-toned mezzo” (New York Times), Rebecca Jo Loeb is currently a member of the Ensemble of the Hamburgische Staatsoper making such role debuts as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Rosina in Barbiere di Siviglia, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos, Page in Salome, and The Countess of Essex in Gloriana. Flora in La Traviata, Second Lady in die Zauberflöte, Bellante in Händel’s Almira which she then premiered at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alte Musik in the summer of 2014. This coming season Rebecca premieres the role of Oreste in Offenbach’s La Belle Hélene in Hamburg which will appear on ARTE TV, sings with the CPE Bach Chor as the Alto soloist in Bach’s Markus-Passion, and debuts with the Dutch National Opera in Berg’s Lulu conducted by Fabio Luisi and directed by William Kentridge.
In the summer of 2013 Rebecca was a finalist at the international Belvedere Competition in Amsterdam and in the summer of 2012 she made her Festival d’Aix-en-Provence debut in the world premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin and is subsequently featured on the CD and DVD. In the 2010-2011 season she made her debuts at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Teatro Regio di Torino as well as her debut at Dallas Opera as Fyordor in Boris Godunov. While in Berlin she also continued her close relationship with the music of Kurt Weill performing in concerts with the Kurt Weill Fest in Dessau and the Brecht Festival in Augsburg. Engagements for the 2009-10 season included her Ravinia debut singing Bessie in Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel under the baton of Maestro James Conlon, performances as the Second Fairy in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with the New York City Ballet, performances with the New York Festival of Song at both Caramoor and Merkin Hall, workshopping the role of Hermia in The Enchanted Island with the Metropolitan Opera, Annina in Traviata at Glimmerglass Opera, her Carnegie Hall debut as the alto soloist in Bach’s Bminor Mass, as well as making her Alice Tully Hall debut with the Riverside Symphony singing Bolcom’s acclaimed Cabaret Songs.
Other operatic roles include Meg Page in Falstaff, Jenny in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Elmire in Tartuffe, Paquette in Candide, Madame Brillante in L’Italiana in Londra, Dorthée in Cendrillon, and Second Witch and The Spirit, in Dido and Aeneas. She has performed with the Mark Morris Dance Company, the New York Festival of Song, the New Hampshire Symphony, the Tanglewood Music Center, at Central City Opera, and with the Aspen Opera Theatre.
A champion of new music, Rebecca Jo has recorded the songs of both Stephan Wolpe and Ursula Monk with Bridge Records and performed songs of Wolpe in Weill Concert Hall. She performed roles in Lucrezia and Bastianello (operas commissioned for the New York Festival of Song by William Bolcom and John Musto, respectively) at the Moab Music Festival, the role of the Swiss Grandmother in John Adams’ Death of Klinghoffer with Mr. Adams conducting, and the songs of Tom Cipullo and Ricky Ian Gordon with the composers at the piano.
Equally at home in musical theater, Rebecca Jo has performed with the Boston Pops as Carrie in Carousel and Petra in A Little Night Music, to critical acclaim. She also made her Broadway debut in a benefit entitled Ladies Who Sing Sondheim starring Angela Lansbury and Deborah Monk. Her awards include the Curt Englehorn Scholarship from the Opera Foundation, First Prize in the Lotte Lenya Competition, a 2009 Career Bridges Grant, the Ginney and John Starkey Young Artist Awards at Central City Opera, and the Stanley Medal from the University of Michigan.