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Rebecca Whelan-Martin

Biography

Rebeca Whelan-Martin

Rebecca Whelan “Clearly a singer to watch” as described by Geoff Chapman of the Toronto Star, Rebecca Whelan's enchanting, crystalline voice has thrilled audiences in concert halls across North America.

Soon after receiving her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Toronto, Rebecca was engaged by the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and then the Amadeus Choir where her solo voice was featured on many CD recordings, CBC radio broadcasts and on tours throughout North America.
In 1994, she made her solo debut at Roy Thomson Hall with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Vaughan Williams’ Symphonie Antarctica, under the direction of Sir Andrew Davis, and has performed with the Sault Ste. Marie Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Brass, Nexus, the Amadeus Choir, the Esprit Orchestra, Opera Barrie, Soundstreams, Academy Orchestra of Hamilton and Tapestry New Opera Works, to name a few.

Her Opera credits include the role of Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, Laetitia in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, the Angel of Death in Facing South, one of the Land of the Dead in Pimooteewin, the first ever Cree language Opera, which was toured throughout Northern Ontario and most recently performing in the world premiere of Dark Star Requiem, an Opera about the plight of HIV and AIDS in Afridca. 

In February 2005, she was a guest soloist along with Michael Burgess in a benefit concert at Roy Thompson Hall to aid in the relief of Tsunami victims in South Asia.

Some of her television credits include No Night is Too Long (an international Alliance Atlantis production) as the off camera role of Sophie from Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier in 2001 and Beverley Thompson – Where There Is No Fear (a Global TV documentary) singing the title song Where There Is No Fear, written by Chris Dedrick, which aired in December 2002 and February 2003.

2006 marked the debut of her professional CD Shades of Innocence composed and produced by Chris Dedrick following a recital that was held that summer with one of Canada's premier pianists, David Swan.

Rebecca is equally at home in the studio as she is on stage, singing opera, jazz, pop, or avant-garde choral music and has been accompanied in performance by some of Canada’s finest classical and jazz pianists and in February of 2009 performed with internationally famed composer/jazz pianist and CBC broadcaster Peter Togni in Nova Scotia for 2 jazz recitals. Later that same year Peter Togni's CD The Lamentations of Jeremiah was recorded on ECM label (Manfried Eicher, producer) with the Elmer Iseler Singers and with Rebecca as one of the title soloists. Most recently Lamentations was nominated for a 2011 Juno award and an East Coast Award.