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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)
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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