Director of Community Engagement
Rebecca Hass is a citizen of the Métis Nation of British Columbia and of mixed European descent and identifies as Anishinaabe Métis, from Treaty 5 territory in Ontario.
In 2018 she accepted the position of Director of Community Engagement for Pacific Opera and is the winner of the 2019 Arts and Culture award for Community work from Leadership Victoria specifically for her work in addressing inclusion and diversity. Her programming includes curating young artist training, education programming and traditional music based programming as well as connecting the opera to socially relevant issues. She is founding member and co-chair of the newly formed Victoria Arts, Culture and Diversity Collective and on the Advisory Committee for the Community Partnership Network of the Intercultural Association of Victoria and an alumna of the 2019 Opera America Leadership Intensive. Her programming initiatives include For All to Hear for IBPoC artists voices to share stories and music, the creation and hosting of the Listening Party Podcast, and the Civic Engagement training program for artists. She has devoted herself to working in local indigenous community to create capacity in theatre skills through mentorships at local high schools, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor in Music and Voice Performance, she has enjoyed an over 30-year career as a mezzo soprano performing across Canada with almost every opera company and orchestra as a soloist and lead performer. She has also created several cabarets, one woman shows and toured them to various communities. Active as a vocal teacher and acting coach she has given classes and taught at the Universities of Toronto, British Columbia, Manitoba, Victoria to name a few.
A Certified Life Coach, she mentors young artists in her work as a Creative Living Coach for the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble and elite training programs across Canada such as Opera Nuova and Opera Workshop at St. Andrews by the Sea for emerging artists.
A radio broadcaster and documentary maker for CBC, Rebecca has been heard on The Current, Tapestry, The Doc Project (“Culture in a Card” traced Rebecca’s journey to reconnecting with her Métis ancestry) and guest hosted for several years for the national broadcasts of Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and In Concert.
Coming up, she is a member of the creative team and a performer in the indigenous showcase at the Belfry Theatre in May 2020, which was cancelled due to COVID 19, but will her work will be featured instead in a video realization. The video will be released this August and features her own creation called “The Earth, it Sings”. Rebecca is a member of ANSWER drum group, an all indigenous women’s collective and Unity Drummers, a community drum group, both perform across Vancouver Island to bring songs as medicine to community wherever we find it.