Praised for her "brilliant lyric soprano and apparent ease" (San Diego Story), Rachel Blaustein is poised as a bright and up-and-coming artist, with a moving sensibility to drama and text.
The 2021-2022 season proves to be an exciting year with many debuts. Rachel most recently joined Chicago Opera Theater as Frasquita in their ground-breaking and gender-bending production of Carmen featuring Jamie Barton as Carmen and Stephanie Blythe as Don José. In October, she makes her Tulsa Opera debut as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. She will appear in concert with Washington Opera Society, followed by her New York City Opera debut in role of Micól Finzi-Contini in Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie's world premiere, The Garden of the Finzi-Contini's.
In the 2020-21 season, Rachel made 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. She joined Chicago Opera Theater as Queer Kid in the Midwest Premiere digital production of Taking Up Serpents, and was the recipient of the Musicians Club of Women's Farwell Trust Award. Additionally, she 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.
During the pandemic, Rachel won 3rd Place in the Tri-Cities Opera: TCO Next Virtual Vocal Competition. She 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. She was scheduled to appear in the Semi-Finals of the McCammon Voice Competition held by Fort Worth Opera and was set to make an exciting return to Opera Santa Barbara to sing Beth in Little Women, but all of these events were cancelled due to COVID-19.
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, appeared with Chicago Opera Theater in their workshop of Kamala Sankaram's Taking Up Serpents singing Queer Kid, and made her concert debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Bel Canto Chorus as the Soprano Soloist in Bach's Mass in B Minor.
In previous seasons, she has sung with Kentucky Opera, Florentine Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera NEO, Opera Santa Barbara, Chautauqua Opera, and Fort Worth Opera. Active in competition, she is a three-time finalist in the Regionals of the Metropolitan Opera National Coucil Auditions, and has won awards from The Partners for the Arts Inc, The American Prize: Women in Opera, Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition, and Annapolis Opera.
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.