Director of Community Engagement
Rebecca Hass is a woman of many creative passions. A certified Life Coach and meditation instructor, she has been a mentor and resource for performing artists seeking balance and career support since 2007. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor in Music performance and the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, Rebecca, a mezzo-soprano, devoted much of the last thirty years to a professional singing career. Rebecca is well-known in Canada as a resource for artist-centered health and wellness workshops. She has been a regular staff member for the last 5 years at the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble and has been a guest clinician with Manitoba and Calgary Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria, as well as the Universities of British Columbia, Toronto, Manitoba, Ottawa, Victoria and Wilfrid Laurier. For over 10 years she has been on staff with the summer programs of Opera Nuova, St. Andrews By the Sea Opera Workshop and most recently, with Highlands Opera. A writer and broadcaster, she has been a regular guest host of Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and documentary maker on CBC Radio One and Two. Currently she is the Director of Community Engagement for Pacific Opera and was awarded the Creative Builder Award for 2021 for her work behind the scenes to support artists and art making. Her newest programming includes the Civic Engagement young artist training program and curating the Residency program for new work. A proud Métis, and carries two names, Manginoweh (Anishinaabe-Big Voice) and Huputh-Uksupe (Nu-chah-nulth, Grandmother Moon woman) Rebecca is currently producing a theatre piece that bridges her European and Indigenous ancestry musically with songs in English and Anishnaabemowen, titled Manaadjia, and is a member of the drum group ANSWER. Rebecca lives in Victoria with her family and rescue pooch, Rye Rye.