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Praised for her “comedic timing and sense of theatrical flair” (Near North Now) as well as her "lovely, clear voice" (The Rapidian), Rachel Mills is a soprano from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who has performed in operatic performances in the United States, Europe, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. This season, she will be singing Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera Carolina and Opera Grand Rapids. She appeared in other recent productions with Opera Grand Rapids as Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Papagena in The Magic Flute (also with Toledo Opera), and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro. Other roles include First Boy in The Magic Flute (Welsh National Opera), Anne in A Little Night Music (Castleton Music Festival) and Polly in Beggar's Opera (Opera'r Dddraig).

Rachel recently appeared as a soloist in Handel's The Messiah at Dubai Opera. She is a passionate recitalist and has performed a series of recitals with pianist Katalin Zsubrits in Budapest, Sopron, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Grand Rapids, MI and Fairfield, CT. She has performed Villa Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras with members of the Welsh National Opera Orchestra in 2015, and a year later as a guest soloist at New York University Abu Dhabi with French cellist Yan Levionnois. Rachel enjoys contemporary and experimental music, and has worked with students at the Art Institute of Chicago in a light and noise installation called within IMMITANCE. She sang Elliott Carter’s Of Challenge and Of Love as well as Joseph Schwantner’s Two Poems of Agueda Pizarro in recital at Lutkin Hall in Evanston, Illinois.

Rachel holds a Master of Arts in Opera Performance from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, a Master of Music in Voice and Opera Literature from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from Arizona State University. She currently studies with Rob Johnston, Freda Herseth and Michael Pollock.

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