B i o g r a p h y
Rachel is a Grand Rapids native who has performed in operatic performances in the United States, Europe, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. This season, she joined Opera Grand Rapids singing Yum-Yum in their production of The Mikado, and appeared as a soloist in Handel's The Messiah at Dubai Opera in December. Previous roles include Papagena in The Magic Flute (Opera Grand Rapids and Toledo Opera), Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Grand Rapids), First Boy in The Magic Flute (Welsh National Opera), and Anne in A Little Night Music (Castleton Music Festival) and Polly in Beggar's Opera (Opera'r Dddraig).
Rachel 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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