Rachel Abrams, mezzo
2019 Young Artist
American mezzo-soprano Rachel Abrams has been praised for her dynamic stage presence and sensitive interpretations of opera, oratorio, art song, and new music. Last December she was the alto soloist in Handel's Messiah with Concert Choir of Northeastern Connecticut and at Cappella Cantorum's annual Messiah: Sing or Listen at the Katharine Hepburn Performing Arts Center. In 2018 Rachel performed the roles of Sesto in Handel's Giulio Cesare with Connecticut Lyric Opera, Annina in Verdi's La Traviata with Panopera in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Greater Worcester Opera. In the summer of 2017, Rachel joined the Nahant Music Festival as an apprentice artist, where she was featured as the alto soloist in Bach Cantata BWV 94 accompanied by members of the Emmanuel Music Orchestra, performed the role of Cousin Hebe in HMS Pinafore, and sang in the world premiere of Nahant Calling, a song cycle by Francine Trester. Rachel has also performed with Salt Marsh Opera, Berkshire Opera Festival, Opera Theater of Connecticut, NEMPAC Opera Project in Boston, Hartford Opera Theater, Southern Illinois Music Festival, Winter Opera St. Louis, Union Avenue Opera, and with the St. Louis Symphony as a member of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. This spring Ms. Abrams returns to Connecticut Lyric Opera to sing Der Trommler in Der Kaiser von Atlantis, covers Lepido in Handel's rarely performed opera Silla with the Cambridge Chamber Ensemble, and joins the Finger Lakes Opera Young Artist Program for its 2019 summer season. She lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.