Mezzo-soprano Rachel Abrams has been lauded as a standout for her vivid portrayals, rich vocal timbre, beautiful blend, and dynamic stage presence on operatic and concert stages throughout the United States and Europe. A native of Stockton, California, Rachel now lives in Connecticut where she performs opera, oratorio, and concert works throughout New England.
This summer, Rachel made her debut with Delaware Valley Opera in their summer opera concert: Lovers! Liars! and Libertines! performing in opera scenes from Cosí fan tutte; Rigoletto; Lakmé; and Trouble in Tahiti and returned to Berkshire Opera Festival in the ensemble of Verdi’s Falstaff. In the fall, she will made her debut with MassOpera in their immersive production of La Traviata singing the roles of La Dottoressa Grenvil and La Commissiaria and performed at the New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s (NEGASS) 45th-anniversary concert. In December and January, she returns to Connecticut Lyric Opera to sing Ida in their production of Die Fledermaus at the Bushnell and to Cappella Cantorum as the alto soloist for their annual Messiah: Sing or Listen. During the 2020-201 COVID closures, Rachel continued performing and has been featured in a variety of virtual concerts, most notably with Panopera, Greater Worcester Opera, and Operatune Productions in their Enchanted Christmas concert of oratorio and sacred works. She also performed excerpts from Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium with the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra at St. James Episcopal Church as a part of their Lessons and Carols service.
During the 2019 – 2020 season she was featured as the alto soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Debussy’s Trois Chansons with Clark University’s Concert Choir and the Panopera Orchestra, the alto soloist in J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Cappella Cantorum’s Masterwork Chorus & Orchestra, the alto soloist in Cappella Cantorum’s annual Messiah: Sing or Listen, returned to Finger Lakes Opera as the Giant’s Wife in Jack in the Beanstalk at the Lyric Theatre of Rochester, Connecticut Lyric Opera as Der Trommler in their touring production of Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis and to Greater Worcester Opera as Mrs. Segstrom in A Little Night Music.
In the summer of 2019, Ms. Abrams was a young artist with Finger Lakes Opera’s Tomita Young Artist Program where she performed the role of the Giant’s Wife in FLO’s outreach program of Jack and the Beanstalk; was a featured soloist in opera scenes from Il barbiere di Siviglia; Rigoletto; and Lakmé with the Finger Lakes Opera Orchestra; performed in opera scenes from Der Rosenkavalier and Cosí fan tutte, and sang in the ensemble of FLO’s mainstage production of La Bohème.
In the summer of 2017, Rachel joined the Nahant Music Festival as an Apprentice Artist where she was featured as the alto soloist in Bach Cantata BWV 94 accompanied by members of the Emmanuel Music Orchestra, performed the role of Cousin Hebe in HMS Pinafore, and sang in the world premiere of Nahant Calling, a song cycle by Francine Trester. In 2012, Ms. Abrams was a sponsored young artist with Winter Opera St. Louis where she performed the role of Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos; performed in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical review: A Grand Night for Singing, and covered Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana and Musetta in La Bohème.
Her favorite roles include the title role in Dido and Aeneas, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Sesto in Giulio Cesare in Egitto, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Mércedès in Carmen, Third Lady in The Magic Flute, the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe and Lepido in Handel’s Silla. Ms. Abrams has also performed with Salt Marsh Opera, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, NEMPAC Opera Project in Boston, VOX New England, Cambridge Chamber Ensemble, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Hartford Opera Theater, Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, Opera Fort Collins, Loveland Opera Theatre, Southern Illinois Music Festival, Union Avenue Opera, Opera Classica Europa in Bad Schwalbach, Germany, and with the St. Louis Symphony as a member of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus.
Ms. Abrams has performed as the alto soloist in iconic oratorios, most notably Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Stamford Chorale, Concert Choir of Northeastern Connecticut, Masterworks Chorale, Con Brio Choral Society, Cappella Cantorum Masterwork Chorus, Southeastern Missouri Chamber Ensemble and the East Central Concert Choir. She has also performed the alto solos in Bach cantata BWV 213 (Hercules) with period instruments as part of Avon Congregational Church’s 2017-2018 concert series.