Rebecca Bottone


Rebecca Bottone is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Rebecca has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the SCO; the RSNO; the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Gabrieli Consort and Players under Paul McCreesh; the AAM and the RAI Turin under Christopher Hogwood; the CBSO and the Manchester Camerata under Stephen Bell; the Philharmonia Orchestra under Sir Charles Mackerras; and the Tonhalle Zürich under Sir Mark Elder.

Her operatic career to date includes Semira  Artaxerxes and the Maid in Ades’ Powder Her Face at the Linbury Studio; the First Innocent in the world premiere of Birtwistle's Minotaur for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Cricket and Parrott in the world premiere of Jonathan Dove's Pinocchio for Opera North; Blonde in Die Entfürung aus dem Serail for the Aix-en-Provence Festival conducted by Minkowski, and for Scottish Opera;  Amanda in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre for English National Opera; Anne Egerman A Little Night Music , Johanna Sweeney Todd , The Sound of Music  and Carousel at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris; Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Garsington Opera and First Niece Peter Grimes for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Forthcoming engagements include concerts with the Hallé; La Cenerentola for Scottish Opera; and Peter Pan and Pelléas et Mélisande for Welsh National Opera.

This is for information only and should not be reproduced. Please contact Kate Baylis for a full biography and for performance details.

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ADES Powder Her Face  The Maid
BACH JC Adriano in Siria  Sabina
BERNSTEIN Candide Cunegonde 
BIRTWISTLE  The Minotaur 1st Innocent 
BRITTEN A Midsummer Night’s Dream  Tytania
BRITTEN Albert Herring  Cis 
BRITTEN Albert Herring Emmie
DOVE Flight Controller
DOVE The Adventures of Pinocchio  Cricket/Parrott
GAZZANIGA Don Giovanni  Maturina
GLUCK Clemenza di Tito  Servilia
HANDEL Samson  Israelite Woman
HANDEL Acis and Galatea  Galatea
HANDEL Alcina Morgana 
HANDEL Amadigi Oriana
HANDEL Daniel Susannah
HANDEL Samson Dalila
HANDEL Semele  Iris 
HANDEL Semele  Semele(cover) 
HAYDN Il mondo della luna  Flaminia
HUMPERDINCK Hansel and Gretel Sandman/Dewfairy 
JANACEK Cunning Little Vixen Vixen
MASSENET La Charmeuse  Thais 
MENOTTI  The old Maid and the Thief Laetitia 
MONTEVERDI Coronation of Poppea  Amore
MOZART Apolloet Hyacinthus  Melia
MOZART Cosi fan Tutte  Despina
MOZART Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail Blonde
MOZART Idomeneo Ilia 
MOZART Il Re Pastore  Elisa
MOZART La Finta Semplice Rosina Rosina
MOZART Mitridate  Sifare
MOZART The Magic Flute Papagena 
MOZART The Marriage of Figaro Susanna (Cover)
PAISIELLO Barber of Seville  Rosina
ROSSINI Adelaide di Borgogna  Eurice 
SULLIVAN Patience Patience
SULLIVAN Pirates of Penzance Mabel
SULLIVAN The Gondoliers Casilda
SULLIVAN The Mikado Yum-Yum
VERDI Falstaff  Nanetta


BACH JS Christmas Oratorio 
BACH JS Jauchzet Gott 
BACH JS Peasant Cantata 
BACH JS St John Passion 
BACH JS St Matthew Passion 
BEETHOVEN Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II 
BEETHOVEN Christ on Mount of Olives 
BELLINI Mass in A minor 
BOCCERINI Stabat Mater 
BRAHMS Requiem 
BRITTEN Ceremony of Carols 
FAURE Requiem 
HANDEL Dixit Dominus 
HANDEL Jeptha 
HANDEL Joshua 
HANDEL Judas Maccabeus 
HANDEL Marian Cantatas 
HANDEL Messiah 
HANDEL Samson 
HAYDN Creation 
HAYDN Imperial ‘Nelson’ Mass 
HAYDN Maria Theresa Mass 
HAYDN St Cecilia Mass 
HAYDN The Seasons 
JENKINS Requiem 
MENDELSSOHN Hear my prayer 
MOZART Coronation Mass 
MOZART Exsultate Jubilate (K165) 
MOZART Grabmusick 
MOZART Mass in C minor 
MOZART Missa Brevis in F 
MOZART Regina Coeli (K276) 
MOZART Requiem 
MOZART Sparrow Mass 
MOZART Vespers 
ORFF Carmina Burana 
PERGOLESI Stabat Mater 
POULENC Gloria  
POULENC Stabat Mater 
ROSSINI Petite Messe Solennelle 
ROSSINI Stabat Mater 
RUTTER Requiem 
SCHUBERT Magnificat 
SCHUBERT Mass in A flat major 
TIPPETT A Child of our time  
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Sinfonia Antartica 
VIVALDI Beatus Vir 
VIVALDI Nulla in mundo 
WEBER Mass in G

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    Into the Little Hill



Milton Court, London

A concert of highlights from the English operas that were performed at the Theatre Royal Covent Garden and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane during Mozart’s time in London. The programme includes arias from operas by George Rush, Michael Arne & Jonathan Battishill, William Bates and Thomas Arne, many of which are receiving their first performance in modern times.

Rebecca Bottone (soprano)
Sarah-Jane Brandon (soprano)
Robert Murray (tenor)

Ian Page (conductor)
The Orchestra of Classical Opera

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La Cenerentola

Scottish Opera

Best are the three women. Rebecca Bottone...sing nimbly and have fun as the stepsisters, all swivelling hips and mouths agog. Kate Molleson, The Guardian, 16th October 2014
...interpretation plays up to the pantomime traditions of the story, and she is well served by the performances of Rebecca Bottone... Keith Bruce, The Herald Scotland, 17th October 2014


Revelation and Fall

BBC Proms

But the piece de resistance was the early work Revelation and Fall, Max’s setting of a wildly Expressionist poem by Georg Trakl for which Rebecca Bottone took the vertiginously difficult solo part. Angular, atonal, and with constant melismatic swoops and slides, this was a challenge few other sopranos would have dared confront: Bottone pulled it off with ease.  Michael Church, The Independent, 31st August 2014
Revelation and Fall, composed in 1966, is almost half a century old now. This setting of an expressionist poem by Georg Trakl still packs a visceral punch, though its use of a loud-hailer has lost a bit of its shock value now, and the 25-minute piece wasn't staged here as Davies originally specified, with the soprano dressed in a scarlet nun's habit. But Rebecca Bottone did wear a scarlet dress, and handled Davies's extremely challenging vocal writing with wonderful precision. Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 1st September 2014



Wigmore Hall, La nuova musica

The starry line-up of soloists had been cleverly chosen. Sopranos Lucy Crowe and Rebecca Bottone complemented each other perfectly, with Crowe’s luscious fullness of tone set off by Bottone’s coloratura (crystalline despite her heavy pregnancy); Michael Church, The Independent, 23rd January 2014
...there are some wonderful arias, all of them terrifically done...Rebecca Bottone appeared as the vindictive Rodope – Hypsipyle's confidante, hopelessly in love with Learchus. Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 23rd January 2014
...both of the lead sopranos - Lucy Crowe in the title role and Rebecca Bottone as her sonfidante, Rodope - had their share of show-stoppers... A heavily pregnant Bottone skitted effortlessly through her bravura aria di furore; her timbre appears to be growing in depth and colour. Hugh Canning, Opera, March 2014



Academy of Ancient Music, Barbican Centre

...Rebecca Bottone's cool brilliance as Rosmene... Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 31st May 2013
As the centre of attention, Rebecca Bottone's Rosmene was sung with a bright soprano, as...brilliant as a diamond. Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 30th May 2013
Our heroine, the bewildered and distracted Rosmene, was sung with demure yet brilliant agility by Rebecca Bottone. Hilary Finch, The Times, 31st May 2013

Corelli at Christmas, Avison Ensemble

Kings Place, London

Soprano Rebecca Bottone is one of the most versatile performers on the operatic stage today. She gets her charisma from her father, the tenor Bonaventura Bottone, but her chameleon ability is all her own.

Exploits which stick in the memory include her crazy apparition in a flayed-flesh body-stocking in Gyorgy Ligeti’s absurdist fantasy Le grand macabre; her great-coated Forties Tytania in the Garsington production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and her rivetingly comic performance in a medley of soubrette roles in the Linbury revival of Powder Her Face.

So it was interesting to encounter her as herself – well, as a soprano in Baroque recital mode – with the Avison Ensemble at Kings Place.

‘Corelli at Christmas’ was the title, but Bottone sang works by contemporaries of that Italian master. Little is known about Philipp Friedrich Boddecker whose ‘Natus est Jesus’ was the first motet she sang, but that merry hymn to maternity allowed the quality of Bottone’s voice to shine: a pure tone with a carrying edge, and here with an additional hint of comedy.

In Giacomo Carissimi’s ‘Salve, salve, puellule’ she presented a kaleidoscope of moods, subtly dramatizing each one, and she wound up with two cantatas by Georg Philipp Telemann, singing these latter so bewitchingly that one could well understand why Bach venerated that great contemporary to the point of making him godfather to his second son.
Michael Church, The Independent, 31st December 2012


The Sound of Music

Théâtre du Châtelet

Rebecca Bottone est une Liesl totalement crédible malgré sa différence d'âge avec les enfants. La voix possède la fraicheur et la pureté souhaitée, la légèreté de ses déplacements, sa fine silhouette et son joli minois parachevant l'illusion d'adolesence.

Elisabeth Bouillon,, 7th December 2011


The Cunning Little Vixen

Rydale Festival

Rebecca Bottone could well have been born to take the part of the vixen, her voice and size so utterly perfect as she moves from shyness to motherhood.

David Denton, The Yorkshire Post, 22nd July 2011
Rebecca Bottone's charismatic Vixen carried the show, vivacious, emotional and clear-toned. We travelled every step of her up-and-down path and breathed a sigh of relief when she was 'reborn'.
Martin Dreyer, Opera Magazine, September 2011



Capella Cracoviensis

The star of the night was Rebecca Bottone who, from the first aria, charmed with her gentle, but at the same time, dramatic voice which perfectly matched the character of Theodora.
Thomas Handzlik, Gazeta Wyborcza Kraków, 28th February 2011


The Adventures of Pinocchio

Opera North

Once seen and heard, never forgotten.  There’s the death and evergreen resurrection of Rebecca Bottone’s Cricket — I could listen to her chirping song all day and all night. 
Hilary Finch, The Times, September 2010

Rebecca Bottone is a glorious Cricket with an amazing vocal range and an equally entertaining cockney Parrot. 

Audrey Pointer,, 17th September 2010
there is a virtuoso performance as the Cricket from Rebecca Bottone, comically dispatched with a mallet early in Act One.
Graham Rickson,, 17th September 2010


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Garsington Opera

Rebecca Bottone sparkled through Tytania’s coloratura

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 25th June 2010

Rebecca Bottone is a divine Tytania, mischievous and spritzer-voiced

Mark Valencia,, 22nd June 2010
Rebecca Bottone’s sexy, taunting Tytania
Richard Morrison, The Times, 22nd June 2010
...the remarkable Rebecca Bottone
Michael Church, The Independent, 21st June 2010
Rebecca Bottone’s Tytania...command[s] the stage as the unearthly fairy-queen...
George Hall, The Stage, 18th June 2010


Powder Her Face

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

...there are superbly lubricious performances from...Rebecca Bottone as the exploitative...women in the Duchess's life.
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 28th April 2010
Rebecca Bottone was rivetingly comic in a medley of soubrette roles...
Michael Church, The Independent, 28th April 2010
And the cast is great: Rebecca Bottone, swooping to improbable vocal heights as the all-knowing Maid...
Richard Morrison, The Times, 28th April 2010
the excellence of...Rebecca Bottone’s sexy sylph of a soprano.
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 27th April 2010
Rebecca Bottone...quite outstanding in their multiple roles. 
Colin Anderson, Opera Critic, 26th April 2010