Rebekah Coffey graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a postgraduate vocal diploma. Rebekah also holds a Bachelor of music from Queen’s University Belfast.
Since retuning to Belfast in 2008 Rebekah has established a busy teaching list. All ages and levels of abilities are welcome to come and improve their singing technique. Rebekah is happy to prepare singers for examinations, auditions, and opera/ concert performances.
While professional performance remains the focus of Rebekah’s career she has extended her performance /vocal experience to work with young singers in a number of genres as a vocal coach and director of music.
Rebekah is a member of the Phil Kids teaching staff where she provides singing lessons for children between 11-16 years of age. Her work with the Philharmonic choir extended during 2012 with the appointment of Rebekah as Director of the Phil Kids and Phil Youth Choir for the Spring Term.
Rebekah is also a member of the music staff for the Philharmonic Choir where she provides individual singing lessons for members of the choir. These lessons are schedule during the choir rehearsals on a Wednesday evening.
Rebekah has also worked as vocal coach to the National Boys Choir of Scotland (2011-2013) during their annual Easter Residential course. This year Rebekah will join the staff of the Ulster Youth choir for their July and August Courses.
For Ni Opera Rebekah coached trebles Thomas Copeland and Joe Zubier for the role of Miles in Britten’s Turn of the Screw. In 2012 Rebekah was chorus master for their Ni Opera’s production of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde.
Rebekah has performed roles with Opera North, English Touring Opera, Opera Theatre Company, Castleward Opera, Buxton Festival, Opera 2005, Lyric Opera, Castleward Opera, Ni Opera. She has also performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, Buxton Festival and Belfast Festival at Queens.
In September 2009 the Newtownards-born soprano made her Proms début at Proms in the Park with the UO at Hillsborough Castle. Recent débuts have also included her appearance on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night performing an evening of Gilbert and Sullivan music with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
In her many operatic roles to date, her roles have included Adele in Die Fledermaus (J Strauss), Atalanta in Xerxes ( Handel), Amore/Valetto in The Coronation of Poppea, Pamina in The Magic flute (Mozart), Gretel in Hansel and Gretel ( Humperdinck) , Oscar Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi), Flora The Turn of the Screw (Britten), Despina Cosi fan tutte (Mozart), Celia Iolanthe (Gilbert and Sullivan), Peaseblossom A Midsummer Night Dream (Britten), Marcellina Fidelio (Beethoven), Miss Catchall in Vera of Las Vega (Hagen) and Postcards from Dumbworld Brian Irvine.
Rebekah appears regularly with The Ulster Orchestra her appearance include her sell out lunchtime concert, Regional Christmas Cheer Concerts, Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915, Faure Requiem and the Queen’s Jubillee Celebrations. Rebekah has also made her recording debut with the Ulster Orchestra under the NAXOS label.