Reba Evans currently resides in Leipzig, Germany and most recently made her London debut as Bradamante in Händel's opera Alcina under the direction of Marcio da Silva and Ensemble OrQuesta. Reba is a member of the Opera Leipzig Chorus singing small roles throughout the season in addition to her active soloist career. Reba completed her Master's Degree of Oper und Musiktheater at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in June 2018. She studied with Elisabeth Wilke and was in the opera class of conductor, Kai Röhrig and director, Karoline Gruber. Since arriving in Salzburg in the fall of 2015, she has taken the stage as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Madame de Croissy in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, Hippolyta in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and created the role of Geisha in the world premiere of Oskar Jockel's japanese opera Lob des Schattens. In June of 2017 she was honored to be invited to travel to Hangzhou, China for an encore performance of Le Nozze di Figaro as the first artistic collaboration between the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music and the Universität Mozarteum. A highlight of 2018 was working on Britten and Mozart repertoire in a masterclass with renowned British soprano Dame Felicity Lott. Recent performances with the Opera Leipzig feature Reba as a Brautjungfern in Der Freischütz, and in the spring of 2019 she traveled abroad to Hong Kong, China to perform a guest performance of Tannhäuser as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival... Stay tuned for continued updates!
From an early age music has been a constant passion in Reba's life. Throughout the years she has explored sacred music, folk music, contemporary styles such as country and pop, musical theater, as well as jazz vocal studies before ultimately discovering her love of opera. Reba joined the Sarasota Youth Opera program at the age of 10 and, to her surprise, immediately felt drawn to the artform. During her time with the Sarasota Youth Opera, she had the privilege of sharing the Sarasota Opera mainstage with professionals as a member of the Children’s Chorus for productions such as Paglicacci, and La Boheme. In 2004, she was selected to perform the role of Third Spirit / Dritter Knabe in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte: An opportunity that has shaped her future ever since.
Reba’s first voice teacher, Rosemarie Freni-Molinari, continues to be an inspiration to her future as a professional opera singer. Rosemarie’s influence on Reba’s musical development has been substantial over the years and her thoughtful insights have created the building blocks for Reba’s professional goals.
In 2007, Reba began her undergraduate studies with the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Dr. Nobleza Pilar guided her musical growth during her 4 years in Coral Gables and instilled a confident and steadfast work ethic in the young Mezzo-Soprano. Frost Opera Theater, under the direction of Alan Johnson, offered a variety of scenes and full-length productions in which Reba honed her craft on the university’s stage. During her collegiate summers, Reba had the incredible opportunity to study traditional Lieder and Bel Canto techniques abroad in Salzburg, Austria with the University of Miami in Salzburg program and in Florence, Italy with the Bel Canto Institute. In the spring of 2011 Reba graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami.
In the summer of 2012, Reba moved to New York City where she studied with Metropolitan Opera Tenor, Eduardo Valdes. Thanks to Maestro Valdes' inspiring mentorship and expert technical training, Reba's voice was frequently heard on the stages of New York City. NYC soloist engagements included performances with the Manhattan Opera Studio, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Metropolitan Greek Chorale, and Richmond Choral Society in roles such as: Dryad in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Third Lady / Dritte Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Annina in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Suora Zelatrice in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Alto Soloist for Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Durufle’s Requiem, Schubert's Mass in B flat and Vivaldi’s Gloria RV 588.
Following a successful residence in New York, Reba aspired to continue her studies and expand her cultural and linguistic palette by applying to music conservatories abroad. Reba was thrilled to be accepted to the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, and is proud to begin her professional European career in the chorus of the Opera Leipzig under the direction of Thomas Eitler-de Lint. Although she is far away from her family and loved ones, she is thrilled to be chasing her dreams!