American Mezzo-Soprano Rachael Wilson is quickly becoming recognized as one of the opera world’s great young talents. Praised for her warm dark vocal timbre as well as “stage instinct and extraordinary creative will”, she is a recent recipient of the honorary Bavarian Art Prize. A native from Las Vegas, Nevada, Wilson grew up playing guitar and learned about music from her family of professional jazz musicians. She was discovered by renown soprano Carol Neblett at Chapman University, with whom she studied from 2007 to 2011. After graduating, Wilson went on to receive her Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School class of 2013. She was then accepted into the prestigious Opera Studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper for two years.
In 2015, Wilson joined the ensemble at the Bayerische Staatsoper. During her time there, she amassed significant opportunities with the company, including over forty-five role debuts such as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, the Gymnasiast in Lulu, and Fatime in Oberon – a performance that garnered critical acclaim, resulting in the Bayerische Festspielpreis. During the 2018/19 season, she debuted two major premiers with Kirill Petrenko: as Emilia in Otello and The Page in Krzystof Warlikowski’s Salome.
Wilson is currently engaged as an ensemble member at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. In the 2019/20 season, she debuted in Stuttgart as La Malaspina in the premier of Sciarrino’s Luci mie traditrici, and in the following season she returned there for her debut as Charlotte in Werther. She also appeared at the Munich Opera Festival in July of 2021 as the Page in Salome. In the current season, Wilson will make her role debut as Kay in The Snow Queen at the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg and Mulhouse. She will also return to Stuttgart as Fricka in Das Rheingold and for her debut in the title role of Juditha Triumphans, after which she will debut at the Opera National de Paris as Mrs. Doc in A Quiet Place.
An avid concert singer and recitalist, Ms. Wilson has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall with Vivaldi’s Gloria, the Philadelphia Kimmel Center with Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, and Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall singing the role of Disinganno in Handel’s Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno. During her time in Munich, she performed such works as Berio’s Folk Songs in the Cuvillies Theater and Juditha in Mozart’s La Betulia liberata. She has also made multiple recordings with the Bayerische Rundfunk as an ensemble member of the Bayerische Staatsoper as well as in concert performances, including Christian Jost’s Death Knocks and a world premiere of a recently discovered Nadia Boulanger chanson. In the 2019/20 season, she made her debut with the RTE Symphony Orchestra as the Alto Soloist in Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible.