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. A native of Stockton, California, Rachel now lives in West Hartford, Connecticut where she performs opera, oratorio, art song, and new music.
During the 2019 – 2020 season she will be featured as the alto soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Clark University’s Concert Choir and 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, returns 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.
During the summer of 2019, Ms. Abrams was a young artist with Finger Lakes Opera in Canandaigua, New York where she performed the role of the Giant’s Wife in Finger Lakes Opera’s outreach program of Jack and the Beanstalk; was a featured soloist in opera scenes and arias with the Finger Lakes Opera Orchestra; performed in opera scenes from Der Rosenkavalier and Cosi 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 and performed in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical review: A Grand Night for Singing.
Favorite roles include Sesto in Giulio Cesare in Egitto, the title role in Dido and Aeneas, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Mércedès in Carmen, Third Lady in The Magic Flute, and the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. Ms. Abrams has also performed with Salt Marsh Opera, Berkshire Opera Festival, Opera Theater of Connecticut, NEMPAC Opera Project in Boston, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, VOX New England, Cambridge Chamber Ensemble, Opera Connecticut, Hartford Opera Theater, Opera Fort Collins, Loveland Opera Theatre, Southern Illinois Music Festival, Union Avenue Opera, 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 such as: Handel’s Messiah with the Concert Choir of Northeastern Connecticut; Cappella Cantorum’s Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra; and the Old Lyme Congregational Church Choir, Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Stamford Chorale, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Cappella Cantorum’s Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra; the Southeastern Missouri Chamber Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with the Masterworks Chorale in Lexington; Cappella Cantorum Masterwork Chorus/Con Brio Choral Society SummerSings, Vivaldi’s Magnificat with the Stamford Chorale. 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.
In the fall of 2014, she was a featured soloist in Martin Bresnick’s Yiddish puppet opera: Der Signál accompanied by the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra. A lover of art song and chamber music, Ms. Abrams and pianist Michael Korman presented a recital featuring the works of German Jewish refugees with works by Schönberg, Ruth Schönthal, André Previn, and Kurt Weill in 2015 with at the Maurice Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Hartford.
Since the winter of 2016, Rachel has been a performer with Lollipop Opera Outreach. This touring opera company brings the joy of opera to thousands of school children throughout New England. This season, she will continue to perform the roles of Babe in The Three Pigs – A Pig Tale and the Mother/Witch in Hansel and Gretel. To learn more about Lollipop Opera, please visit their website.