Soprano Rachel Hall has been praised as "a force of nature... with a gracefully huge voice" (Berkshire Fine Arts) for her August 2017 breakout performances in the title role in Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixenwith New York's Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble. The habitually fastidious New York press lauded her as "simply astonishing... a warm soprano of full body, easily fluidity and perfectly consistent tone... completely alive to every moment on the stage" (New York Classical).
Most recently, Ms. Hall made her contemporary opera debut in the role of Madeline Usher in Philip Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher. This exciting new multi-media production was directed by Arthur Yorinks and Jim Simpson, under the musical direction of Michael Riesman at the iconic MassMoCA. Throughout the 2017–2018 season, Ms. Hall rejoined Opera Company of Middlebury to both perform Giannetta and cover Adina in L'elisir d'amore, making her role debut as Fiordiligi in Opera on the James' production of Così fan tutte, and rejoined the Canton Symphony as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana. Ms. Hall also appeared in concert with American Lyric Theater for an Alumni Concert at Merkin Concert Hall, featuring excerpts from two new works by Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek (The House Without a Christmas Tree) and Patrick Soluri and Deborah Brevoort (Albert Nobbs) and participated in a master class with Mark Adamo. In the 2016–2017 season, Ms. Hall joined the roster of the Jacksonville Symphony on short notice to cover the role of Gretel in the orchestra's winter holiday performances of Hansel and Gretel. Ms. Hall looks forward to a concert debut this month with the Howland Music Chamber Circle in Beacon, NY.
Additional recent stage performances include Ms. Hall's role debuts as Oscar in Un ballo in mascheraand Adina in L'elisir d'amore(the latter with Shreveport Opera), her Lincoln Center debut as Gretel in a new production of Hansel and Gretelwith the Little Orchestra Society at Avery Fisher Hall, and an eight-month stint as Adeline in the original off-Broadway production of Serenade. Her concert appearances include a Mostly Mozart program with Annapolis Opera, her Santa Fe Symphony debut as the soprano soloist for Mozart's Exsultate jubilate, her Canton Symphony debut as the soprano soloist for Brahms' Deutsches Requiemand her return to the Canton Symphony as the soprano soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.
Ms. Hall initially earned national attention for her mainstage debut as Barbarina in Santa Fe Opera's 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro, for which she was hailed as a "musically nuanced, clear soprano with a perfectly charming stage presence" (Ionarts). Her repertoire in the Apprentice Scenes Showcases included Dalinda in Handel's Ariodante, Norina in Don Pasquale, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, and Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw. She also fulfilled a young artist residency with Shreveport Opera, performing Micaëla in La tragédie de Carmen and Valencienne in The Merry Widow. In 2015, Ms. Hall won an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (North Carolina district).
Ms. Hall earned her Master of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of illustrious soprano, teacher, and director Catherine Malfitano. She holds Bachelor degrees in both Music Performance and Music Education from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
The Fall of the House of Usher - November 2018 Ms. Hall performed Madeline Usher to a SOLD OUT audience in this thrilling new adaptation of Philip Glass' Original score. This spellbinding stage version of Edgar Allan Poe’s masterpiece is written and directed by Arthur Yorinks and Jim Simpson and features a score by Philip Glass, adapted from the House of Usher opera that Glass and Yorinks created in 1988. The work-in-progress presentation is replete with puppets, musicians, actors, and projections — and is suggested for audiences 16 and older. November 10 8:00 pm MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA More information here See our production's feature in the Berkshire Eagle