Mezzo Soprano

​Rachael is a British mezzo soprano. An alumni of Leeds College of Music (2016), she graduated with a first class honours degree in classical vocal performance.

 

Now studying under the tutelage of Julie Kennard, she is thankful for support from the Denne Gilkes Memorial Fund and The Rotary Club of Leeds.

"Your voice has a unique and exciting quality about it."

                                                                            - Tim Ochala-Greenough, Senior Vocal                                                                         Lecturer, Leeds College of Music

After receiving the Gold Award for English Word and Song, following success at the David Clover Festival of Singing - Singers’ Platform (2017), Rachael appeared with Northern Opera Group as Armelinde, in their 2016 production of Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon. This was followed by an appearance with Aspect Opera in July 2017 for their production of Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten, performing the role of Mrs Herring (also performed at the Left Bank Opera Festival, in collaboration with Northern Opera Group). Subsequently, she performed with the Leodian Concert Orchestra in a semi-staged production of Vaughan Williams' Riders To The Sea as Maurya and sung at Leeds Lieder Festival at the Composer’s and Poet’s Showcase in April 2017.

 

More recently, Rachael has performed as a chorus member with Everybody Can! Opera and Oxford Opera in their productions of Puccini’s Tosca (January 2019) and Bizet’s Carmen (March 2019), respectively. She was cast as Third Spirit in Opera Kensington’s production of Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) and received praise for recitals given around the UK. Highlights include Sheffield Cathedral, Wakefield Cathedral, and Bristol Song Festival

 

Rachael participated in staged opera scenes at the CSSM Summer School of Music led by tutors Julie Kennard, Ian Partridge (CBE) and Sally Burgess. She performed Dido from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Mozart’s Cherubino in scenes from Il Nozze Di Figaro. She also sung with British Youth Opera, performing Third Lady in scenes from Die Zauberflöte. In 2017 Rachael performed in her European debut at the Veneto Operaestate Festival, Italy, with the Melofonetica Summer School.

 

Upcoming work includes the role of Maddalena (Rigoletto, Verdi) with Brent Opera and recitals with the West Kensington Music Trust.

For more information about upcoming performances, please take a look at the diary.

For enquiries, email: rachael.cawte94@yahoo.co.uk

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