Rebecca Klassen-Wiebe attends the 2022 TSM Academy courtesy of the Jane Stephenson Fellowship.
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Originally from the prairie city of Winnipeg and currently based in Montreal, Rebecca Klassen-Wiebe is a dynamic and sensitive collaborative pianist dedicated to the collective storytelling of music. She is currently a member of “L’atelier lyrique”, Opéra de Montréal’s Young Artist Program.
She completed her Graduate Diploma in Performance and Master of Music in Collaborative Piano Performance at McGill University with Michael McMahon and Stephen Hargreaves. Her attention to detail and ability to learn and adapt quickly make Rebecca an invaluable asset in the rehearsal room. These crucial qualities have enabled her to tackle complicated and rhythmically complex operas such as Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Rebecca has also served as répétiteur for Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles (Jeunesses Musicales, 2022); Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea (Opéra de Montréal, 2021); Weill’s Street Scene (Opera McGill, 2020); Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (Opera McGill, 2019); and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Opera McGill, 2018).
Rebecca has had the opportunity to participate in programs such as the CoOPERAtive Program, Opera NUOVA, and the Lachine International Vocal Academy. In 2016, she worked as the music director for a production of Kismet with Winnipeg’s Little Opera Company. She strives to build connections and relationships through her music-making. By investing in learning languages, she invites others into a place where they can fully communicate and express themselves.
Rebecca is the recipient of a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to explore the absence of narratives of motherhood in North American English art song and examine how more space can be created for these narratives.