BIOGRAPHY

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Rachel is a British coloratura soprano based between London, Paris, and Nice. She is a recent finalist for the 1st international edition of Les Grandes Voix Lyriques d’Africa competition in Paris presided by Africa Lyric’s Opera’s Patricia Djomseu and soprano Patricia Petibon. Rachel currently supported as a young artist by the Centre d’Art Lyrique de la Méditerranée in Nice, France; and is looking forward to singing the roles of Feu and Eau in Sergio Monterisi and Magali Thomas’ world premier of the Babel at Opera de Nice Cote d’Azur this summer.  Rachel made her debut at the Opera de Nice last year performing the role of Beketaten in the award winning Lucinda Childs' production of Akhnaten by Philip Glass.

 

Rachel’s previous roles include: Cupid (Venus & Adonis) in Venice, Italy; La Fée (Cendrillon VIARDOT), a role she performed with two separate companies, the Center d'Art Lyrique de la Méditerranée and the Northern Opera Group in the spring and winter of 2020 respectively; Adele (Die Fledermaus) at Wilton's Music Hall; Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) at the Théâtre du Petit Monde, Paris, and Elisetta (Il Matrimonio Segreto). Rachel has also covered the roles of Violetta (La Traviata) and Mabel (Pirates of Penzance) on tour at Teatro Garibaldi in Sicily, Italy and the Grand Auditorium of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.

Rachel obtained her bachelor's degree in music from Goldsmiths University in 2014 where she trained as a pianist-composer before sharing her final year of recital between piano and voice. She received her first composer commission in 2018 to write 1948 Windrush: “Get your coat, a lot water" commemorating 70 years since the ship docked in Tilbury, England, 22 days after leaving Kingston, Jamaica. The piece premiered in Kings Place, London, as part of the “Women of the Windrush” event curated by Shirley Thompson and was subsequently performed again at the Bernie Grant Arts Center the following year.

In 2016, Rachel completed the Morley Opera School program, where she performed the roles of Despina (Così Fan Tutte), Zerbinetta (Ariadne Auf Naxos) and The Fairy (Cendrillon, Massenet) in the various quarterly productions Scènes d' Opera; founded and conducted the Holborn Community Orchestra in London; and became a soprano member of the Philharmonia Choir with which she toured world-renowned auditoriums including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, La Palau de la Música in Valence and Le Nouveau Siècle in Lille.

As well as singing and creating music, acting has always been a passion, and as a teenager Rachel attended acting summer schools most years, being equally drawn to

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teenager Rachel attended acting summer schools most years, being equally drawn to comedic or supernatural roles such as Puck ( A Midsummer Night's Dream), Nurse (Romeo and Juliet) and Boult (Pericles Prince of Tyre). She was a member of the National Youth Theatre and won a scholarship to study a summer at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in Manhattan aged 19.

Rachel has participated in master classes with Sophie Koch, Giles Havegal, David Cyrus and David Gowland; Rebecca Miller and Alice Farnham respectively in opera and conducting. She received singing lessons from eminent pedagogues such as Anita Morrison, Nelly Miricioiu, Gary Coward, Isabelle Guillaud, Elizabeth Vidal and André Cognet with whom she is currently studying in Nice.