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Rachel Chapman

Rachel Chapman

Rachel gained a Bachelor of Music Hons Degree at Manchester University. She undertook further training with English National Opera on "The Knack" programme. She currently studies with Jennie Caron.

Rachel's operatic experience is extensive and she has worked for such UK companies as Almeida Opera; Carl Rosa Opera; Dartington Festival Opera; English National Opera; Grange Park Opera; Opera by Definition; Opera North; Pavilion Opera; Riverside Opera; Royal Opera House and Surrey Opera.  Her roles include: Adina (L'Elisir d'amore), Angelica (Handel's Orlando), Bianca (La Rondine), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Micaela (Carmen), Susan (Berkeley - The Dinner Engagement), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Vixen Sharp-Ears (The Cunning Little Vixen) and  Zerlina (Don Giovanni).  She works regularly as a member of the Extra Chorus at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.  In the realm of contemporary opera Rachel has performed the world premières of Langer's "The Girl of Sand" (Almeida Opera) and of Maazel's "1984" (Royal Opera House).

Rachel is also an experienced oratorio soloist.  She has performed much of the standard repertoire and recent engagements include Bach's St Matthew's Passion, Britten's War Requiem, Brahms' Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Creation and The Seasons, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Mozart's Mass in C Minor, Orff's Carmina Burana and Poulenc's Gloria. She has performed in such leading British venues as:  Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin; Coventry Cathedral; Ripon Cathedral; Southwark Cathedral; Tewksbury Abbey and York Minster.  In London: the Barbican, the Cadogan Hall, London Coliseum, Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival and Queen Elizabeth Halls, St John Smith's Square and St Martin-in-the-Fields.  She has performed some varied recital repertoire in UK, and performed Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder in Cheltenham and Annecy.

As an ensemble singer, Rachel has worked regularly with some of the UK's leading groups, including the BBC Singers, the Choir of the Enlightenment, the English Concert Choir, the Gabrieli Consort, Sonoro and London Voices.  She has taken part in numerous recordings. Her singing has taken her as far a-field as Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and she has worked extensively in Europe.