Highest scoring mark in a finalist module - Performance (2015)
Soprano Rachel Farago is currently studying for her Mmus in Vocal Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire to further her training with the aim of becoming a professional singer. Rachel is taught by Mary Weigold and has been studying with her for 4 years. In July 2015 she achieved a first class music degree with honours at the University of Sussex, receiving a prize for the highest scoring module in her recital.
Rachel has been a member of operatic societies and projects throughout her education, experiencing singing as part of an ensemble as well as solo roles. In January 2016 Rachel worked with the Dulwich Opera Company, playing “Barbarina” in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in aid of Kings College Hospital. In Trinity Laban's December postgraduate opera scenes, she played "Amore" in Montiverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea at Blackheath Halls. An avid member of the New Sussex Opera since 2014, Rachel has performed the eponymous role of Quivera in Purcell’s The Indian Queen, a standout role in Weber’s Oberon at Cadogan Hall and the principal role of Polly in Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. Through working with this company, Rachel has been able to work on operas not often performed, providing her valuable experience in different repertoire. In 2013 she performed scenes from The Rake’s Progress as part of Opera Coast directed by Susannah Waters and Gregory Rose as musical director. Since the project, Rachel has been learning the role of Anne Truelove as a result of her experience on the course and has taken an interest in 20th century opera as a result. As well as opera, Rachel has sung various oratorio and cantata works such as Bach’s “Coffee Cantata” alongside professional soloists.
Throughout her schooling and undergraduate years Rachel has sung chorally and has recently been accepted onto the Philharmonic Chorus' Student Scheme where she will sing as a paid member of the first sopranos. Working with conductor Eamonn Dorgan, Rachel sings with the Thomas Tallis Society in Greenwich and was an avid member of the Brighton Chamber Choir in Sussex where she often featured as a soloist. Highlights with the choir include premiering several commissioned works where she sang solo lines and travelling to Paris to perform as soprano soloist in Tippett’s Five Spirituals. Additionally, Rachel is a paid freelance singer for a Brighton-based church choir where she sings chant as well as polyphony, inspiring an interest in early music.
Future plans for Rachel include playing “Dorinda ” in Handel's Orlando as well as the chorus in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin at Blackheath Halls for her post-graduate opera scenes. She will also participate in Trinity's German lieder competition and perform in recital in February.
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