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Rachel Duckett

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, French, Spanish

Opera

Nanetta
Falstaff (Verdi)
Opéra de Nice
2023
Olympia
Tales of Haffmann (Offenbach)
Voix des Outre-mer
2023
Le Feu
Babel (Sergio Monterisi and Magali Thomas)
Opera de Nice
2022
Fiordigligi
Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart)
Clonter Opera
2022
Cunegonde
Candide (Bernstein)
Opéra de Nice´
2022
La Fée
Cendrillon (Pauline Viardot)
C.A.L.M, Pierre Cochereau du Conservatoire de Nice
2020
Beketaten
Akhnaten (Glass)
Opéra de Nice
2020
Violetta (Italian)
La Traviata (Verdi)
Teatro Garbaldi, Modica, Italy
2019
Adele
Die Fledermaus (Strauss II, J)
Wilton's Music Hall
2018
Elisetta
The Secret Marriage (Cimarosa)
Hampstead Garden Opera
2018
Queen of the Night
Die Zauberflöte¨ (Mozart)
Theatre Bouffon, Paris
2018
Flora
La Traviata (Verdi)
Hampstead Garden Opera
2018
La Fee
Cendrillion (Massenet)
Morley Opera School, Emma Cons Hall
2016
Sophie
Werther (Massenet)
Morley Opera School, Emma Cons Hall
2016
Anna
Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Nicolai)
Morley Opera School, Bridewell Theatre
2016
Gretel​
Hansel und Gretel (Humperdinck)
Morley Opera School, Bridewell Theatre
2016
Zerbinetta
Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss, R)
Morley Opera School, Bridewell Theatre
2016
Despina
Cosi fan tutte (Monteverdi, Mozart)
Morley Opera School
2015
Amore (cover)
Orpheus ed Euridice (Gluck)
About Turn Theatre Company, Edinburgh Fringe
2015
Mustardseed
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten)
Opera in the City, St. Katherine Cree Church
2015
Célimène
The Misanthrope (Rachel Duckett)
St. Margaret's Lee Church, Blackheath
2014

Operetta/G&S

Mabel
Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert & Sullivan)
The Merry Opera Company, Greenwich Cutty Sark
2019

Early Music

Clorinda
Il Combattimento di Tancredi (Monteverdi)
Ad Parnassum
2022
Cupid
Venus and Adonis (Blow)
Ad Parnassum
2021
Poppea
Il Matrimonio di Poppea (Monteverdi)
Morley Opera School
2015

Oratorio/Concerts

Fiordiligi, Gilda, Adele, Köningin, Mabel
Merry Opera Company Gala (Various)
Merry Opera Company, St. Martin-in-the-Fields
2018
Soprano Soloist
9 English Songs; Melodies; Duets, (selections) (Hindemith; Faure; Schumann; Brahms; Tchaikovsy)
St. Bolophs-without-Bishopsgate
2016
Soprano soloist
Enuma Elis, Babylonian Song Cycle (Will Frampton)
St Margarets Church, Lee
2016
Soprano (soloist)
Die Elenden Sollen Essen, Acis & Galatea (Bach, Handel)
Wild Street Ensemble, St John’s Gate, Clerkenwell
2015
Soprano (soloist)
Requiem, Gloria (Faure, Vivaldi)
St. Margaret's Church Lee
2015
Soprano (soloist)
Folk Songs (Berio)
Wild Street Ensemble, St James Church, Clerkenwell
2015

Session Work

Soprano
In the Sea's Giving (Pascal Zavaro)
Independant
2015
Soprano (Soloist)
The London, for Soprano and String Quartet (Will Frampton)
Ideas tap Gallery, Leigh-on-Sea
2014

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert COVID-cancelled

Scholarship to study Acting at New York Conservatoire Dramatic Arts, New York (summer school) (2009)

Competitions

"1st Prize" in the Amis des Voix des Outre-Mer Christian Eda-Pierre (Concours Voix des Outre-Mer) (2022)

"1st Prize" of the Grand Prix de la Voix 3rd edition (Centre d'Art Lyrique de la Méditerranée) (2022)

"Audience Prize" of the Grand Prix de la Voix 3rd edition (Centre d'Art Lyrique de la Méditerranée) (2022)

"Lauréate" du 14ème Concours International de la Mélodie de Gordes (2022)

"Prix de Porte Dorée" of Les Grandes Voix Lyriques d'Afrique, 1st edition (Africa Lyric's Opera) (2022)

B Mus Music
Goldsmiths, University of London
2011–2014

Rachel is a British-Jamaican coloratura soprano based between Paris, Nice and London; a finalist for the 1st international edition of Les Grandes Voix Lyriques d’Afrique competition in Paris; and this year’s recipient of the “Amis des Voix des Outres-Mer Christiane Eda-Pierre” prize (Concours Voix des Outres-Mer) and of both the “1st Prize” and “Audience Prize” of Le Grand Prix de la Voix Competition organised by Le Centre d’Art Lyrique de la Méditerranée where is currently a Young Artist. She recently sang the Fire and Water roles in the world premier of Babel at l’Opera de Nice having made her Opera Nice debut in 2020 as Beketaten in Lucinda Childs' award-winning production of Akhnaten (Glass). Rachel is also a soprano member of the Radio France Choir in Paris and Philharmonia Chorus in London.

Rachel’s previous roles include: Cupid (Venus & Adonis) in Palazzo Grimaldi, 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) at Jacksons Lane Theatre, London. Rachel has also covered the role of Violetta (La Traviata) on tour to Teatro Garibaldi in Sicily.

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 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, Elizabeth Vidal and André Cognet and Isabelle Guillaud with whom she is currently studying in Paris.

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