Dich Teure Halle
Mario Lanza Bursary (2016)
D'Oyly Carte Scholarship (2015)
Soprano Rachel Abbott studies with Sarah Rhodes as her teacher. Rachel is studying as a young artist on the ENO’s opera works programme. Prior to this she completed a PGDIP AS and associate studentship at the RNCM, a PGCE at Nottingham Trent, a Master’s Degree at Huddersfield University and her undergraduate degree at Sheffield University, with Carol Smith as her teacher. She began singing at an early age, joining Bolsover Church choir age eight and starting signing lessons with Frank Holmes when she was at secondary school.
Rachel has performed numerous solo concerts and performs with choirs regularly. Her performances include soloist in Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Creation and Handel’s Messiah. She has sung the lead role in My Fair Lady and Plaintiff the Trial by Jury and was soloist for the UK debut of Paul Barkers MASSive in 2014 with Chesterfield Philharmonic choir. She played Praskovia in the RNCM production of The Merry Widow and took the roles of Lady Billows, Donna Anna, Mrs Grose and Elettra in the RNCM opera scenes. Rachel performed the role of Madam De La Haltiere in Sheffield City opera’s production of Cendrillon and as the Nurse Maid and Shirley Kaplan in the RNCMs production of Street scene in December.
Rachel has a wide ranging musical background, and plays a numerous instruments as well as singing. She was vocalist and saxophonist for the Derby County Jazz Orchestra, and the NEDMC big band. In 2012 Rachel won second place in the International Eisteddfod competition, a very proud moment, and a fantastic experience. She also was part of the chorus for Otello and Tosca with Dorset Opera in 2011. She was recently a member of Wexford Festival opera Chorus, a very enjoyable experience. Rachel was a member of The Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir until leaving to study at the RNCM.
Rachel has received support for her studies from The Derbyshire Community foundation, The Seary Charitable Trust, The D’oly Carte Foundation and The Chesterfield Philharmonic choir. Rachel would like to thank her family for their continuing support throughout her studies. Rachel is very happy to be performing with the choir tonight.
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