"the radiant young soprano... floated velvet-gloved high notes"
"Best among the women, however, was newcomer Rachel Blaustein, who made a sensational company debut as Nannetta. The radiant young soprano... floated velvet-gloved high notes in this crucial role. She flirted innocently in the stolen moments with her lover, Fenton, and made a resplendent fairy queen in the opera’s gorgeous final scene."
Washington Classical Review
American Soprano Rachel Blaustein was recently named a Grand Finalist in the 2022 Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition. She began the 2022/23 season with a return to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, singing Pamina in their digital series' The Magic Flute. She debuted with Maryland Lyric Opera as Nannetta (Falstaff) and Annapolis Opera as Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), and she appeared in concert with Opera Edwardsville, The New Choral Society, and The Mid-Atlantic Symphony. Making her debut with Odyssey Opera, she reprised the role of Autonoe (The Lord of Cries) and went on to make the commercial recording of the work with Boston Modern Orchestra Project. This summer, she made her Carnegie Hall debut in Carmina Burana, debuts with the Ravinia Festival, and reprised the role of Micól in The Garden of the Finzini-Continis in Florence, Italy. In the 23/24 season, she looks forward to performances as Gilda (Rigoletto) with Opera Delaware and Opera Baltimore. She appears in concert with Opera Omaha, in recital with Academy Art Museum, and as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She returns to The Metropolitan Opera for her second workshop with the company, this time as Sarah Kavalier in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Mason Bates, composer; Gene Scheer, librettist).
NY Classical Review
"... rounded, gentle tone, and elegant phrasing..."