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Scholarship to study Acting at New York Conservatoire Dramatic Arts, New York (summer school) (2009)
"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)
Sir Willard White Trophy first prize (Voice of Black Opera) (2022)
Rachel is a soprano of British and Jamaican heritage and recent winner of the Sir Willard White Trophy grand prize of the Voice of Black Opera competition after which she made her BBC Radio 3 debut with a live broadcast of the arias, “Caro nome” and Lakmé’s “Bell Song”.
Rachel is delighted to be evoking the character of Margaret Brathwaite in the ground-breaking project Insurrection: A Work in Progress at the Royal Opera House over the course of 5 sharing between 21st-25th March 2023
Rachel became a prize winner at several other competitions last year, including, the Grand Prix de la Voix du Centre d’Art Lyrique de la Méditerranée, where she won First Prize as well as the Audience Prize; the 14th Concours International de la Mélodie de Gordes, where she was a recipient of three prizes; She became the first recipient of the Prix des Amis des Voix des Outre-Mer Christiane Eda-Pierre awarded by the Voix des Outre-mers, with whom she will perform Olympia The Tales of Hoffmann in the Reunion Island in February.
Having made her Opéra de Nice Côte d’Azur debut in 2020 as Beketaten in Lucinda Childs’ award winning production of Akhnaten (P. Glass), Rachel was soon invited back to perform the roles, Fire and Water at the world premier of Babel (Monterisi/Thomas) in June 2022, and Nanetta Falstaff in the Réunion Famille Gala in anticipation of Opéra de Nice’s 2022/23 season.
Rachel’s previous roles include: Cupid (Venus & Adonis) in Venice, Italy; La Fée Cendrillon (P. Viardot), a role she performed on two separate occasions, with Centre d'Art Lyrique de la Méditerranée and then with Northern Opera Group in 2020; 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 (Hampstead Garden Opera).
Rachel obtained her bachelor's degree in music from Goldsmiths University where she trained as a pianist-composer before sharing her final recital between piano and voice. She was commissioned 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.
On completion of her undergraduate studies, Rachel pursued her vocal development through private lessons and participation in Masterclasses with various esteemed pedagogues, including Anita Morrison, Gary Coward, Isabelle Guillaud, Elizabeth Vidal , André Cognet, Janice Chapman, Nelly Miricioiu, David Gowland, Giles Havergal Sophie Koch and Susan Manoff.
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