Anastasia Rege, soprano, the “A” of JACOPERA, received her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Connecticut and her Master of Music degree from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. She has performed the roles of La Pastourelle in Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortileges, Modestina in Rossini’s Il viaggo a Reims, and Giovanna in Verdi’s Rigoletto. With the Hellenic Music Foundation of New York, she sang the role of Margot in a scene from Lehár’s The Merry Widow in their 2013 Opera and Ballet Concert, and the roles of Europa in Strauss’ Die Liebe der Danae, Gabrielle in Puccini’s La rondine, and Enrichetta in Bellini’s I Puritani in their 2014 Opera Scenes and Ballet Concert. In January 2015, Anastasia premiered the songs “The Bear” and “Rocky Racoon: Raiku” from David Morneau’s song cycle Neighbors: The Yard Critters, with text from the newly released children’s’ book of poetry of the same name by George Held. Anastasia was also featured in the Connecticut premieres of two contemporary operas, The Beautiful Bridegroom and An Embarrassing Position composed by Boston based composer, Dan Shore. Anastasia has also performed as a featured soloist with the UConn early music ensemble, Collegium Musicum. The ensemble performed a modern premiere at the Quito Cathedral in Quito, Ecuador.
Anastasia, is currently a church musician, a full-time music teacher, and bad-ass living in Brooklyn, NY. She has many connections in the new music scene and writes about classical music reviews and education.