Rachael graduated from the Royal College of Music (RCM) in 2014 with a BMus (Hons) degree in Vocal Studies where she studied with the acclaimed vocal professor, Tim Evans-Jones and accompanists, Christoper Glynn and John Blakely. Her studies were generously supported by the Charles Richard Sisson and Yvonne Wells Award and The Kochan Trust. Having since graduated with Distinction from the University of Bristol with a Postgraduate degree in Music (specialising in Musicology), Rachael went on to complete English National Opera's OperaWorks professional development programme in 2017. She is taught by Angela Hickey.
Rachael began her musical career as a chorister in Lincoln Cathedral Choir and her performances as a Mezzo-Soprano have drawn generous admiration from critics at home in the UK and further afield.
Most recently as an Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera, Rachael covered Zweite Dame in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. She appeared in their 2017 productions of Handel's Semele and Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, and for Garsington in 2016; Britten's Death in Venice (covering the roles Beggar Woman and German Mother), Mozart's Cosí fan tutte and Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream in a collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Other operatic roles include: Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Phoebe and Dame Carruthers (Yeomen of the Guard), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Nancy (Albert Herring, Opera Scenes), Dorabella (Cosí fan tutte, Opera Scenes), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel, Opera Scenes), Varvara (Káťa Kabanová, Opera Scenes). Whilst at the Royal College of Music, Rachael covered the roles of Maman, La tasse chinoise, Un pâtre and La libelulle in their International Opera School’s production of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges directed by James Bonas.
Also in demand as a recitalist, Rachael has worked with many ensembles and consorts. Oratorio highlights include Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem with Laurence Cummings and the Little Baroque Company (London Handel Festival), Messiah with The Elia Ensemble and Lincoln Cathedral, Israel in Egypt with Rochester Choral Society and the North Herts Guild of Singers, Mozart’s Requiem in Chester Cathedral and St Paul's, Covent Garden, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor in Lincoln Cathedral and with the North Herts Guild of Singers, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with The Bach Choir in Cadogan Hall and Pergolesi’sStabat Mater with the Fitzwilliam Quartet at the Ryedale Festival, Castle Howard. In 2016, she performed with accompanist, Ian Tindale, as part of the inaugural Bristol Song Recital Series.
Rachael’s passion for song has led to her offering many recital programmes, featuring Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben, Britten’s A Charm of Lullabies, Judith Weir’s A Voice of Desire, Rossini's La Regata Veneziana and selections by Brahms, Wolf, Duparc, Poulenc, Quilter and many more.
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