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, she 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, and studied with her from 2007-2011. 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 she joined the Bayerische Staatsoper Ensemble. 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 (P), and Fatime in Oberon(P); a performance that garnered acclaim, resulting in the Bayerische Festspielpreis. During the 2018/2019 season, she debuted two major premiers with Kirill Petrenko as Emilia in Otello (P) and The Page in Krzystof Warlikowski’s Salome.
Wilson is currently engaged as a new ensemble member of the Stuttgart Staatsoper. For the 2019/2020 season she will make debuts in Stuttgart with roles such as Carmen in Carmen, Nicklauss in Hoffmann, Juditha in the premier of Juditha Triumphans and La Malaspina in the premier Luci Mie Traditrici. She will also debut the role of Kay in the world premier of The Snow Queen at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
An avid concert singer and recitalist, Ms. Wilson has performed in venues such 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 works such 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 of the Bayerische Staatsoper as well as concert performances, including Christian Jost’s ‘Death Knocks’ and a world premiere of recently discovered Nadia Boulanger chanson. In the 2019/2020 season she will make debuts with the RTE Symphony Orchestra as the Alto Soloist in Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible, and with the Stuttgart Orchestra in Ravel’s Scheherazade.