The Black Voice – A Collection of African American Art Songs and Spirituals
Master class: Rhea Olivaccé, soprano
February 22 @ 5:00 PM, Morphy Hall – Free
Soprano Rhea Olivaccé is known for her “vibrant color” and “vivacious abandon.” In spring 2018, Ms. Olivaccé reprised the role of Bess in Opera Western Reserve’s production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess where she exhibited “an especially lovely middle to high range with velvety hues” (Cleveland Classical). Her operatic repertoire includes Mimi and Musetta from Puccini’s La Bohème, Contessa from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Tatyana from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Suzel in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz.
Ms. Olivaccé’s work as a concert and recital soloist has been widely recognized in performing such works as the, Mozart, Brahms, Fauré, and Rutter Requiem Masses, Bach’s St. John Passion and Magnificat, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah and Strauss’s Four Last Songs. She has graced the world-renowned stages of Carnegie Hall and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Ms. Olivaccé is an alum of the AIMS program in Graz, Austria, where she was a finalist in the Meistersinger Competition in 2016.
Rhea Olivaccé received a bachelor of music degree from Florida International University in Miami, Florida, and master of music and doctorate of musical arts degrees from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is currently an assistant professor at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.