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Meet Our Newest Member, Rebecca Oliverio

A long time ago (2019, winter), Lyric Opera held auditions for a trumpet position previously held by our long-time (and newly retired) colleague Matt Comerford. After many days throughout November and December listening to auditions, Sir Andrew and the audition committee were delighted when Rebecca Oliverio accepted the position. I recently asked her a few questions: Where are you from?

I am from Maryland. I like to say that being from Maryland means I put Old Bay Seasoning on everything, but that would be a slight exaggeration.

What made you choose the trumpet? Do you play other instruments?

I was persuaded by one of my older brothers to pick trumpet when I entered the 4th grade. I always loved the sound of the trumpet growing up and was particularly inspired by Tim Morrison and Maurice Murphy. I also took some piano lessons for a few years and play it once in a while.

Where did you go to school?

I attended Boston University for my Bachelor’s degree and Northwestern University for my Master’s.

Where were you in school or working when you took the Lyric audition?

I was playing with the New World Symphony when I took the Lyric audition. I think it was the perfect environment for me to have a productive and successful audition process. There are a few people in particular who patiently listened to the excerpts time and time again during my preparation.

What have you been up to during this COVID year (besides not getting to start the job you won in 2019)?

Like many others, I have been baking a lot. I have always loved cooking and baking, so all of this extra time has allowed me to make things I have always wanted to try. I also have finished a handful of paintings in the past year and started several more. I usually rely on travel for composition ideas, so I’ve had to look back at old photos from my travels for inspiration.

Are there any operas you’re looking forward to playing?

I cannot wait to play Puccini operas. I can’t count the number of times I have listened to Turandot in the past several months…especially the ending of Act 1. Of course, I looked forward to performing Tosca this past fall, but I’m sure I will get to play it one day!

Thanks Rebecca - we're looking forward to welcoming you (and any baked goods you might happen to have with you) in person to the Lyric Opera Orchestra!

Yule log created by Rebecca

London Night Scene by Rebecca

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