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Rachel Duckett

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, French, Spanish

Opera

Beketaten
Akhnaten (Glass)
Opéra de Nice
2020
La Fée
Cendrillon (Pauline Viardot)
C.A.L.M, Pierre Cochereau du Conservatoire 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
Poppea, Despina
L'incoronazione di Poppea, 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

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)

B Mus Music
Goldsmiths, University of London
2011–2014

Rachel is a British soprano based in London and Paris. She is delighted to revisit Pauline Viardot's Fairy Godmother (Cinderella) with Northern Opera Group later this year having recently performed the role with the Centre d’Art Lyrique de la Méditerranée in March. In November Rachel will sing Beketaten (Akhnaten) at l'Opéra de Nice.

Previous roles include Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) in Theatre du Petit Monde, Paris; Adele (Die Fledermaus) in Wilton’s Music Hall; Elisetta (Il Matrimonio Segreto) and Flora (La Traviata) at Jackson’s Lane Theatre (HGO). Rachel has understudied the roles of Violetta (La Traviata) and Mabel (Pirates of Penzance) during recent tours to Sicily (Teatro Garibaldi), and Saudi Arabia (KAUST Auditorium, Merry Opera) respectively. In 2016 Rachel completed the Morley Opera School program, where she was cast as Despina (Così Fan Tutte), Poppea (L'Incoronazione di Poppea), Zerbinetta (Ariadne Auf Naxos), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Sophie (Werther) and La Fée (Cendrillon, Massenet) in the various termly Opera Scenes productions; founded and conducted the Holborn Community Orchestra in London; and became a soprano member of the Philharmonia chorus with whom she has toured world renowned auditoriums including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, La Palau de la Música in Valencia and Le Nouveau Siècle in Lille.

Rachel obtained her BMus music degree, from Goldsmiths University in 2014 where she trained as a pianist-composer before splitting her final year 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 at Tilbury; it premiered at Kings Place and was subsequently performed at the Bernie Grant Arts Center the following year. Rachel has premiered new works, alongside esteemed musicians such as Shirley Thompson, Ian Pace, The Kreutzer Quartet, the Marsyas Trio and the Ligeti Quartet.

As a teenager Rachel attended acting summer schools most years being equally drawn to, and cast particularly, in comic 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.

​Rachel has participated in masterclasses with David Cyrus, David Gowland and Elizabeth Vidal; Rebecca Miller and Alice Farnham in opera and conducting respectively. She has received vocal tuition from distinguished pedagogues such as Anita Morrison, Nelly Miricioiu, Gary Coward and Isabelle Guillaud - with whom she currently trains in Paris. Rachel has also received supervision and tutelage in piano performance from Danny Driver, Alexander Ivashkin and Coady Green, and instruction in composition, from Roger Redgate and Alistair Zaldua during her time at Goldsmiths. 

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