With apparent ease her voluptuous phrasing soared into her gleaming high register.
-San Diego Story
Praised for her "brilliant lyric soprano" (San Diego Story), Rachel Blaustein is quickly gaining recognition for her riveting stage presence and innate musicality.
The 2020-2021 season proves to be an exciting year with many debuts. Most recently, Rachel was named a District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions: Idaho-Montana & North Dakota-Manitoba District. She will next compete in the Northwest Region, which is set for March 6th, 2021. She also recently won 3rd Place in the Tri-Cities Opera: TCO Next Virtual Vocal Competition. Prior to COVID-19, she was scheduled to join The Glimmerglass Festival for their summer season singing Despina in Così?, (a 70-minute English adaptation of Cosi fan tutte) and covering Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music. Also cancelled due to COVID-19, Rachel was scheduled to appear in the Semi-Finals of the McCammon Voice Competition held by Fort Worth Opera in Fall 2020. In 2021, she will make an exciting return to Opera Santa Barbara to sing Beth in Little Women and will make her main stage debut with Chicago Opera Theater as Save Mart Customer/Queer Kid/Holiness Congregation Member in the Midwest premiere of Taking Up Serpents.
In the 2019-2020 season, Rachel joined Lyric Opera of Chicago's Lyric Unlimited, covering the role of Kenzie in their fall touring production of Earth to Kenzie. In February 2020, she appeared with Chicago Opera Theater in their workshop of Kamala Sankaram's Taking Up Serpents singing the roles of Save Mart Customer/Queer Kid/Holiness Congregation Member. Shortly following, in early March, she made her concert debut with the Bel Canto Chorus and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as the Soprano Soloist in Bach's Mass in B Minor.