Praised for her "brilliant lyric soprano" (San Diego Story), Rachel Blaustein is poised as an up-and-coming artist with moving sensibility to drama and text.
The 2020-2021 season proves to be an exciting year with many debuts. Previously this season, Rachel workshopped Ricky Ian Gordon's upcoming world premiere (2022), The Garden of the Finzi-Continis in the role of Micól Finzi-Contini with New York City Opera. She made her mainstage debut with Chicago Opera Theater as Queer Kid in the Midwest Premiere digital production of Taking Up Serpents and was after seen as First Flower in La Hija de Rappaccini. She is the recipient of the Musicians Club of Women's Farwell Trust Award, placed 2nd in the Partners for the Arts, Inc. 8th National Opera Competition, and won an Encouragement Award from the Northwest Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. To round out the season, she will make her Santa Fe Opera debut as an Apprentice Artist singing Autonoe in the world premiere of John Corigliano's The Lord of Cries and Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night's Dream. In the fall of 2021, she will make her Tulsa Opera debut as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi.
Earlier this season, she won 3rd Place in the Tri-Cities Opera: TCO Next Virtual Vocal Competition. Rachel was scheduled to join The Glimmerglass Festival for their 2020 season singing Despina in Così?, (a 70-minute English adaptation of Cosi fan tutte) and covering Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music. Additionally, she was scheduled to appear in the Semi-Finals of the McCammon Voice Competition held by Fort Worth Opera but all of these events were cancelled due to COVID-19. She was also set to make an exciting return to Opera Santa Barbara to sing Beth in Little Women, which has been postponed until 2022.
During 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. In early March, she made her concert debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Bel Canto Chorus as the Soprano Soloist in Bach's Mass in B Minor.
The 2018-2019 season brought an exciting debut with Opera NEO where Rachel sang the role of Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. Active in competition, she won Second Place in The American Prize: Women in Opera, and was a Finalist and won an Encouragement Award from both the 2019 Central Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as well as the Annapolis Opera Competition. Additionally, she won the Audience Choice Award in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition, and was a Finalist in Opera Ithaca's Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice.
Recent engagements of note include Papagena in The Magic Flute and Second Woman in Dido & Aeneas with Florentine Opera, Peep-Bo in The Mikado with Kentucky Opera, Barena in Jenufa, and covers of Eurydice in Orphée et Eurydice and Maria Celeste in Galileo Galilei with Des Moines Metro Opera, a guest soloist in Fort Worth Opera's Frontier's Showcase, Nannetta (cover) in Falstaff with Chautauqua Opera, and Giannetta; Adina (cover) in L'elisir d'amore with Opera Santa Barbara.
A native of Olney, Maryland, Rachel holds Bachelor's degree in Voice with a minor in drama from Hofstra University and a Master of Music from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.