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Rachael Wilson


  • Lauded for her formidable stage presence and generous, ample voice, American mezzo-soprano Rachael Wilson joined Bayerische Staatsoper immediately upon her graduation from Julliard, first in their studio and then the ensemble, where she is currently a company member. Still in her 20s, Wilson has made a series of notable debuts on the Munich stage such as Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Dorabella Cosi Fan Tutte and Fatima in a new production of Oberon for which she was awarded the prestigious Munich Festspiel Preis.

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  • This season she makes two further debuts: Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Nicklausse Les Contes d’Hoffmann in her company debut with Oper Stuttgart. Further roles in Munich include Hänsel, Emilia in a new production of Otello, Page in a new production of Salome, Flora La Traviata, Stimme aus der Höhe & Blumenmädchen Parsifal, Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte, and Bersi Andrea Chenier.

    Previous appearances in Munich included Wellgunde & Schwertleite Der Ring des Nibelungen, Mercédès Carmen, Tisbe La Cenerentola, Dryade Ariadne auf Naxos, Pantalis Mefistofele, Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor and Gymnasist/Garderobiere/Ein Groom Lulu.

    Last season audiences in Munich saw Wilson as Dorabella, 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 Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of John Adams in Nixon in China. Shortly after she was invited by RTE National Symphony Orchestra to perform Elgar’s Sea Pictures. She 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 Solenelle 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.

    An avid performer of song and chamber works, Wilson frequently performs in recital, most recently at the Munich Philharmonie and Bayerische Staatsoper. She is inspired by collaborations with instrumentalists and has attended the world-renowned chamber music programme at the Marlboro Music festival, directed by Richard Goode and Mitsuko Uchida.

    2018-19 season / 430 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Season highlights

Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 & Choral Fantasy
Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra

Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel
Bayerische Staatsoper

Mulattin Andrea Chenier
Bayerische Staatsoper

Wellgunde & Schwertleite Der Ring des Nibelungen
Bayerische Staatsoper

Mercédès Carmen
Bayerische Staatsoper

Tisbe La Cenerentola
Bayerische Staatsoper

Dryade Ariadne auf Naxos
Bayerishce Staatsoper

Pantalis Mefistofele
Bayerische Staatsoper

Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor
Bayerische Staatsoper

Stimme aus der Höhe & Blumenmädchen Parsifal
Bayerische Staatsoper

Opera repertoire

Erika Vanessa*

Mercedes Carmen

Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream*

Disinganno Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno
Sesto Giulio Cesare *

Hansel Hansel und Gretel*

Deianira Mirandolina

Charlotte Werther*

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

Strauss, J
Prince Orlovksy Die Fledermaus

Strauss, R
Octavian Der Rosenkavalier*
Eine Sklavin Salome

Annina La traviata

Zaubermädchen Parsifal

*in preparation

Concert repertoire

Mass in B Minor

Mass in C

Fern Hill



Coronation Mass

Petite Messe Sollenelle

Oratorio de Noel


Nothing short of breathtaking

WQXR New York

The young Rachael Wilson sings on the sample with a passionate Mezzo sound and enormous intensity.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

a remarkable creator...fascinating

Nord Bayern

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