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Press

"a voice as fresh as the character she created"

                      "admirable control and grace"

       "gentle tone and elegant phrasing"

Awakenings (world premiere)

Ruth | Opera Theatre of Saint Louis | June 2022
 
“Rachel Blaustein's crystalline soprano provided much pleasure as the social worker Ruth.”
Opera Today


 
“Soprano Rachel Blaustein's social worker... [was a] sympathetic presence.”
Opera Wire


 
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Garden of the Finzi-Continis (world premiere)

Micól | New York City Opera | Jan.-Feb. 2022
 
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“The soprano Rachel Blaustein brought a sweetness to Micòl that persevered through her character’s capriciousness.”
The New York Times


 
“…and soprano Rachel Blaustein, making a stellar NYCO debut as Micól (who senses the doom and the likelihood of being the last in the long Finzi-Contini line)…”
DC Metro Theater Arts


 
“Opposite him, Blaustein had a rounded, gentle tone and elegant phrasing, while still able to express anguish.”
NY Classical Review


 
“As Micòl Finzi-Contini, soprano Rachel Blaustein was a romantic, determined young woman with a thirst for adventure and a voice as fresh and exciting as the character she created.” 
Seen and Heard International


 
Her lyric voice had a carefree lilt, perfect for the daughter of the richest family in Ferrara, and this came across beautifully in the letter-writing scene as she narrates the words she will send to Giorgio... The “rich girl” who is careless with hearts is a trope, and a less-skilled actor could fall into the stereotype trap. Blaustein stayed far from that pitfall.”
Opera Wire


 

The Lord of Cries (world premiere)

Autonoe | The Santa Fe Opera | July-August 2021
 
“But it is the un-dead that create the drama. The “Three weird Sisters,” attendants of Dionysus, were sung by apprentice artists Leah Brzyski, Rachel Blaustein and Megan Moore, who gave a class in ensemble singing such than no one could be judged individually. The trio span the full range of the female voice, with extreme highs and growling lows used strategically by Corigliano and sung with fierce intensity by the young artists.”
Sharps & Flatirons


 
“Leah Bryzski, Rachel Blaustein, and Megan Moore give feverish passion and ardent voice to the three attendants.” 
Dallas News


 
“Apprentices Leah Brzyski, Rachel Blaustein and Megan Moore offered vivid portrayals of the three sisters, Dionysus’ acolytes, whose haunting, macabre appearance was perfectly matched by Corigliano’s eerie vocal writing for them...”
Santa Fe New Mexican


 
“As “the three weird sisters,” sopranos Leah Brzyski and Rachel Blaustein, and mezzo-soprano Megan Moore sang their difficult passages with admirable control and grace.”
Opera Today


 
“Dionysus’ attendants had an arresting musical signature...”
The Wall Street Journal


 
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Taking Up Serpents

Queer Kid | Chicago Opera Theater | Winter 2022
 
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“Morgan Middleton, Justin Berkowitz, and Rachel Blaustein showed versatility as a kind of intermittent Greek chorus, the latter two in double roles.”
Chicago Classical Review


 
“Morgan Middleton, Justin Berkowitz, and Rachel Blaustein served as the chorus and mostly appeared in triple screens which was beautifully done. The three take on different small roles and in repeated viewings (this opera is one which I found impossible to view just once) I saw tremendous detail in this trio’s approach to different scenes.”
Hyde Park Herald


 
“There also is fine supporting work from Ann Rosen (as Kayla’s foul-mouthed co-worker at the Shop Mart), the Greyhound bus driver (Justin Berkowitz), and other passengers (Morgan Middleton and Rachel Blaustein).”
Wttw News


 

Carmen

Frasquita | Chicago Opera Theater | Fall 2021
 
“Leah Dexter and Rachel Blaustein brought superb support in their ensemble singing as Mercedes and Frasquita, Carmen’s friends and co-conspirators.”
Hyde Park Herald


 
“Rachel Blaustein warbled away prettily as Frasquita.”
Opera News


 

Gianni Schicchi

Lauretta | Tulsa Opera | Fall 2021
Blaustein performs the opera's best-known piece, the aria "O mio babbino caro," well; her character is using this effusive paean to convince her father to give his blessing to her romance, and Blaustein's performance blended vocal sincerity with physical guile.
Tulsa World


 
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Eugene Onegin

Tatyana | Opera NEO | Summer 2019
 
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“Rachel Blaustein gave us a Tatyana to cherish, at first a complex mix of youthful reticence and wildly impassioned outpourings that grew over the opera’s course into a passionate, mature woman who knows her own mind and finds the strength to carry out her resolve. Her brilliant lyric soprano animated her first act Letter Scene, and it turned into gleaming, steely resolve in her final confrontation with Onegin.”
San Diego Story


 
"Soprano Rachel Blaustein provided a stirring finale to the Aria Marathon with her “Par le rang . . .Salut à la France” from Donizetti’s La fille du regiment.” With apparent ease her voluptuous phrasing soared into her gleaming high register.”
San Diego Story (Aria Preview Concert)