Rebecca Caine and Robert Kortgaard take you on a delightful journey through musical theatre leading ladies past and present, including her own starring roles as Cosette in the world premiere of the smash hit musical Les Miserables and Christine in the original record breaking Canadian production of The Phantom of The Opera.
Rebecca Caine is a Canadian theatre legend. She is the first actress to play the iconic role of Cosette in Les Miserable and is literally the role model for all subsequent actors in this role. She was born in Toronto and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, making her West End debut at 19 in the role of Laurey in Oklahoma! She then sang the role of Eliza in My Fair Lady on the National tour. Joining the Royal Shakespeare Company, she created the role of Cosette in Les Miserables. She joined the original cast of Phantom of the Opera to play Christine, then returned to Toronto to repeat the role in Phantom’s Canadian premier. During her run in Toronto she joined the Canadian Opera Company to make her highly praised North American debut in the title role Lulu.
Her recordings are Les Miserables (original British cast), The Phantom of the Opera (Canadian album), Anything Goes, Future Sound of London, Babes in Toyland and Mr. Emmett Takes a Walk.
Robert Kortgaard has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in England, Finland, Portugal, Italy, Indonesia, the Czech Republic and China. He is one of the country’s most respected concert pianists, having appeared with most of the country’s leading orchestras and recital societies. Mr. Kortgaard has become one of the most in-demand colleagues of Canada’s most esteemed vocalists, and is a frequent partner of sopranos Measha Brueggergosman and Wendy Nielsen, mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell and cabaret diva Patricia O’Callaghan. For five years, he was resident musician at the University of New Brunswick, and he is now artistic director of the Indian River Festival in Prince Edward Island.