Las Vegas born mezzo-soprano Rachael Wilson is a graduate of Juilliard School. Immediately upon her graduation she was invited to join the Opera Studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper, where she is now a member of the Ensemble. Last season she made two important debuts in Munich: Dorabella Cosi Fan Tutte and Fatima in a new production of Oberon at the Munich Opera Festival as well as appearing in Nixon in China with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of John Adams.
This season Wilson makes her much anticipated debut in Munich as Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel as well as joining the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel on their Asian Tour as mezzo soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy.
Further highlights this season include Mulattin Andrea Chenier, Wellgunde & Schwertleite Der Ring des Nibelungen, Mercédès Carmen, Tisbe La Cenerentola, Dryade Ariadne auf Naxos, Pantalis Mefistofele, Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor and Stimme aus der Höhe & Blumenmädchen Parsifal.
Last season audiences in Munich saw Wilson as Dorabella Cosi Fan Tutte, Flora La traviata, Pantalis Mefistofele, Mercédès Carmen, Fjodor Boris Godunov, and Tsibe La Cenerentola, as well as a recital in the theatre. Wilson also appeared as Third Secretary Nixon in China with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of John Adams.
Wilson made her Carnegie Hall debut as the mezzo soloist in Vivaldi's Gloria, as well as her Philadelphia Kimmel Center debut in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle with Ken Noda and Cecile Licad. She has performed on numerous occasions in Alice Tully Hall: with Steve Blier's New York Festival of Song; in the role of Disinganno in Handel’s Il Trionfo del tempo e del Disinganno with Juilliard 415, conducted by William Christie; and with works such as Bach’s Magnificat. Further highlights include Mozart's Requiem with the Weill Cornell Medical College’s Music and Medicine Initiative; Bach's Cantata 170 with violinist Monica Huggett and Juilliard 415; and Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël with the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New York. Wilson was described by the New York Times as: "Gorgeously suited to the oratorio's peaceful, floating passages."
An avid performer of song and chamber works, Wilson frequently sings recitals. She is inspired by collaborations with instrumentalists and recently attended the world renowned chamber music programme at the Marlboro Music festival, directed by Richard Goode and Mitsuko Uchida. During her time there, she studied with Benita Valente and Sir Thomas Allen on works by Schubert, Borodin and Wagner in preparation for upcoming recitals in the 2013/14 season. Wilson was then reunited with her voice teacher, Edith Wiens, at the International Meistersinger Akademie where she studied works by Gershwin and Schubert, along with operatic roles. Nord Bayern magazine described her interpretation of Gershwin as “remarkably designed...fascinating” ("eine bemerkenswerte Gestalterin…faszinierend").
Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 & Choral Fantasy
Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra
Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel
Mulattin Andrea Chenier
Wellgunde & Schwertleite Der Ring des Nibelungen
Tisbe La Cenerentola
Dryade Ariadne auf Naxos
Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor
Stimme aus der Höhe & Blumenmädchen Parsifal
Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream*
Disinganno Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno
Sesto Giulio Cesare *
Hansel Hansel und Gretel*
Sesto La clemenza di Tito*
Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro*
Zerlina Don Giovanni*
Rosina Signor Deluso
Nina The Seagull*
Kate Pinkerton Madame Butterfly
Title role Dido and Aeneas*
Lucilla La Scala Di Seta
Petra A Little Night Music
Prince Orlovksy Die Fledermaus
Octavian Der Rosenkavalier*
Eine Sklavin Salome
Annina La traviata
Mass in B Minor
Mass in C
Petite Messe Sollenelle
Oratorio de Noel
WQXR New York
Nothing short of breathtaking
The young Rachael Wilson sings on the sample with a passionate Mezzo sound and enormous intensity.
a remarkable creator...fascinating