Morrò, ma prima in grazia: Un ballo in Maschera (G. Verdi)
Rebecca Krynski Cox, soprano
Jesse Wong, piano
Hailed by The New York Times as a “vibrant soprano...with a secure, appealing sound and eye-opening volume,” Rebecca Krynski Cox returned to the Fest Ensemble at the Luzerner Theater for the 2020 Season, where she performed the role of Raja in the world premiere of Dschungel and was slated to make her role debut as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin (COVID19). In the spring of 2021, Ms. Cox was slated to make her company and role debut with Florida Grand Opera, performing Marguerite in Faust (COVID19), covered Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte at Theater Basel and stepped in with six hours notice to sing Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at the Luzerner Theater. In the winter of 2022, Ms. Cox made her Florida Grand Opera debut as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and will make debuts with Indianapolis Opera, singing Julie Jordan in Carousel, and with Dayton Opera, in their “Epic Opera” concert.
Ms. Cox originally joined the Fest Ensemble at the Luzerner Theater in the 2018-19 season, where her roles included Alice Ford in Falstaff, Gretchen in Schumann's Faust-Szenen, Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda, and Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte. In 2019, she debuted the role of Donna Anna in Benedikt von Peter's highly acclaimed production of Don Giovanni.
Joining the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in 2012, Ms. Cox sang the role of Cynthia in the workshop of Muhly’s Two Boys, and joined New York City Opera to cover Amaltea in Mosè in Egitto. In 2014 made her Kentucky Opera debut as Violetta in La traviata and her El Paso Opera debut as Micaëla in Carmen. As an apprentice artist with the Santa Fe Opera, Ms. Cox covered the Countess in Strauss' Capriccio and Sara in the world premiere of Higdon’s Cold Mountain. As a Resident Artist at Minnesota Opera, she sang Louella Parsons in Argento’s The Dream of Valentino and covered the title role in Arabella. At Des Moines Metro Opera, Ms. Cox sang Micaëla in La tragédie de Carmen, Annina in La traviata, and the Fifth Maid in Elektra, as well as covering Violetta in La traviata, Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.
At the Manhattan School of Music — where she was the recipient of the Mae Zenke Orvis Scholarship in Opera Studies and the Shoshana Foundation’s 2012 Richard F. Gold Career Grant — Ms. Cox performed the title role of Thaïs, Rosina in The Ghosts of Versailles, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Salud in La vida breve (de Falla), and Alice Ford in Falstaff. A successful competitor, Ms. Cox was a Southeastern Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2011 and 2015. Additional awards include First Place in the Eisenberg-Fried Competition, the Arthur and Mae Orvis Foundation Inc. Award in the Liederkranz Competition, and a Career Bridges Grant in 2013.
Ms. Cox graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music from the University of South Carolina, where she sang leading roles in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Die Zauberflöte, Gianni Schicchi, Our Town, Acis and Galatea, and The Light in the Piazza, and was the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Handel’s Solomon. She holds a Masters in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where she returned for Professional Studies in Classical Voice.