Rebecca ComerfordOjai, CA
Classically trained as a lyric mezzo soprano, Rebecca Comerford is the Artist in Residence for the Ojai Music Festival and is also the founder of Ojai Youth Opera Company, a children’s opera theater based in Ojai California. Comerford often invents new roles in the modern opera world. She made her Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall debut in 2010 and has gone on to collaborate with such artists as Iranian photographer/film maker Shirin Neshat, new music collective, Ossia Ensemble, The American Opera Projects at Lincoln Center, and has premeired pieces by composers such as John Altieri, John Adams, Mark Adamo, Kevin Ernste and jazz pianist Anna Dagmar and has appeared as a concert soloist in many international venues including the Tanglewood Music Center, The Spoleto Opera Festival of Italy, Aspen Music Festival, The National Chorale at Lincoln Center, The 92cd Street Y Series, The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Granada Festival, Spain and the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Eastman School of Music and Manhattan School of Music, where she was awarded the George Eastman Grant and the Arthur Assum Scholarship for artistic excellence.
Most recently Comerford has joined forces with Grammy award winning keyboardist and electronic musician Mikael Jorgensen to co-create the electronic chamber music duo, Topa Topa. The two joined forces after both moved from Brooklyn NY to Ojai California with their respective families. Jorgensen is part of the alternative rock band Wilco and has gained recognition as an electronic musician who explores the relationship between technology and traditional instruments while proving that the technology he wields is an ever evolving tool for human expression. He is one of the founders of the Solid Sound Music Festival at Mass MOCA in North Adams Massachusetts, as well as the founder of Rancho Electrico, an experimental music lab where musicians are invited to Ojai to co-create spontaneous compositions in an outdoor wilderness environment.
Together the duo’s influences range all the way from Hildegard von Bingen to Stereolab. The blend of ancient voice and future soundscape can be found in the narrative aspect of their music and is a testimony to their unique gifts as musicians. They are currently working on their first album and chamber opera together, inspired by the Fables of Aesop.
Rebecca Comerford at the Getty Center
In August of 2014, Rebecca Comerford lead a guided operatic tour of the Getty Galleries. Each art song chosen was inspired by paintings in the Los Angeles collection. Among the fifteen songs on the program were Aprés un Rêve by Gabriel Fauré to be sung in the French Decorative Arts wing and La Maja Dolorasas from Enrique Granados collection titled, Goyescas, which were sung in tribute to Goya’s painting of La Maja in the romanticism and symbolism wing of the Getty. This was the first time a singer has ever performed live inside the galleries.
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Aoua! From Chansons Madécasses by Maurice Ravel
Recorded live at the Aspen Music Festival with pianist Josephine Lee, cellist Rebecca Patterson and flautist Molly Filer.
Carmen’s Card Aria from the feature film The Living Wake
Rebecca was praised by Variety magazine for her “standout performance” in this offbeat dark comedy staring Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg and stand up comic Mike O’Connell.