Canadian soprano, Rose Hegele, is an active performer of 20th and 21st century art music. Specializing in contemporary opera, chamber music, and improvisation, Hegele is passionate about creating performance experiences that facilitate collaboration, human connection, embodiment, and presence. She has been lauded for her ease with extended vocal techniques, creating “siren-like sounds that explored extremes of the vocal range” (The Boston Music Intelligencer).
Recent engagements include Peridot Duo’s Spring Concert at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA; Hegele’s debut with the Boston-based ensemble, Sound Icon, at Brandeis University in May 2019; and premiering the role of “Joan” in the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra’s original score of The Passion of St. Joan in June 2019.
Hegele’s desire to explore the limits of sound and physicality has led to diverse performance opportunities. Recent highlights include a contemporary vocal residency at Clark University with Julia Werntz, Peridot Duo, and Katherine Growdon (Worcester, MA); singing as Voice 1 in Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s New Music Festival (Boston, MA); acting as the Guide in choreographer Trajal Harrell’s hoochie-coochie show, Caen Amour, at the Institute for Contemporary Art (Boston, MA); performing with Guerilla Opera in Andy Vores’s Chrononhotonthologos (Boston, MA); and performing Erin Gee’s Mouthpiece 28 at the 2018 New Music Gathering in Boston, MA. As a soloist, Hegele has performed with various ensembles including the Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Contemporary Ensemble, contraBAND, the Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Sinfonietta, and the Neither/Nor Composers’ Ensemble at Berklee under the guidance of Kelly Corcoran, Jeff Means, Doug Perkins, Bruce Hangen, and Richard Carrick. To further her education, she has attended multiple contemporary music festivals including Revolution: Resonant Bodies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; the Cortona Sessions for New Music, the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, and the soundSCAPE Composition and Performance Exchange.
A fiercely dedicated collaborator, Hegele is active as a performer and curator. She is one half of Peridot Duo: a contemporary vocal duo that uses creative programming to highlight challenging and alternative methods to vocal chamber music. Hegele also features in the Lilac Project: a voice, cello, clarinet trio that champions the work of composers from underrepresented backgrounds. As curators, Hegele and singer-songwriter, Lena Belle, created Life As An Artist: a showcase where artists come together and express the multifaceted experience of being an artist in the current world.
Hegele was awarded a Post-Master’s Degree Fellowship from the Berklee College of Music for the 2018-2019 academic year. She holds a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Classical Music from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music. Her significant vocal teachers and mentors include Jullin O’Scheaur, Donna Sherman, Jennifer Tung, Katherine Ciesinski, Tony Arnold and Kathryn Wright.