Rachel Blaustein

Rachel Blaustein

Praised for her “brilliant lyric soprano,” Rachel Blaustein is quickly gaining recognition for her riveting stage presence and innate musicality.  Rachel was one of the ten national finalists for the 2022 Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, earning a spot as one of the next generation of Opera Stars, and winning the Fernand Lamesch National Finalist Award!

Ms. Blaustein made her Santa Fe Opera debut in summer 2021 as Autonoe in the world premiere of John Corigliano’s The Lord of Cries. In addition, last season, she made her Tulsa Opera debut as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, returned to Chicago Opera Theatre as Frasquita in Carmen, and joined the Washington National Opera to cover the role of the Monument in Kamala Sankaram’s Rise as part of the World Premiere of Written in Stone.  She also created the role of Micòl in the World Premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s new opera The Garden of the Finzi-Continis for New York City Opera where she received rave reviews.  The New York Times claiming she “brought a sweetness to Micòl that persevered through her character’s capriciousness,” and Broadway World thought she “made a strong impression with her lyric sound and smart presentation.” The New York Classical Review felt she “had a rounded, gentle tone and elegant phrasing, while still able to express anguish.” She finished the season joining the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to sing the role of Ruth and cover Rose in the World Premiere of Tobias Picker’s Awakenings, as well as their production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and joined the Metropolitan Opera for their workshop of  Kevin Puts’ The Hours.

 

Calendar

Event Date
May 28
to
Jun 26
The Magic Flute
(Pamina)
Opera Theater St Louis
St Louis, Missouri
Event Date
Jun 5
to
Jun 24
Awakenings
Ruth/(Rose)
Opera Theater St Louis
St Louis, Missouri
Event Date
Jul 5
to
Jul 15
Workshop: The Hours
Laura Brown
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, New York
Event Date
Nov 19
The Lord of Cries
Autonoe
Odyssey Opera
Boston, MA
Event Date
Dec 3
Gala Concert
Soloist
Opera Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL
Dec 31
New Year's Eve Concert
Soloist
Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra
Easton, MD
Event Date
Mar 17
to
Mar 19
Le nozze di Figaro
Countess Almaviva
Annapolis Opera
Annapolis, MD

Artist Bio

Praised for her “brilliant lyric soprano,” Rachel Blaustein is quickly gaining recognition for her riveting stage presence and innate musicality.  Rachel was one of the ten national finalists for the 2022 Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, earning a spot as one of the next generation of Opera Stars, and winning the Fernand Lamesch National Finalist Award!

This season, Ms. Blaustein will perform the role of the Countess Almaviva in Annapolis Opera’s production of Le nozze di Figaro, and will be seen in concert with Opera Edwardsville and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Rachel will also make recordings of both The Garden of the Finzi-Continis and The Lord of Cries, which have commercial releases in 2023.

Ms. Blaustein made her Santa Fe Opera debut in summer 2021 as Autonoe in the world premiere of John Corigliano’s The Lord of Cries. In addition, last season, she made her Tulsa Opera debut as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, returned to Chicago Opera Theatre as Frasquita in Carmen, where she appeared previously as the Queer Kid in the Midwest premiere of Kamala Sankaram’s Taking up Serpents and in Daniel Catan’s La hija de Rappaccini, and joined the Washington National Opera to cover the role of the Monument in Kamala Sankaram’s Rise as part of the World Premiere of Written in Stone.  She also created the role of Micòl in the World Premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s new opera The Garden of the Finzi-Continis for New York City Opera where she received rave reviews.  The New York Times claiming she “brought a sweetness to Micòl that persevered through her character’s capriciousness,” and Broadway World thought she “made a strong impression with her lyric sound and smart presentation.” The New York Classical Review felt she “had a rounded, gentle tone and elegant phrasing, while still able to express anguish.” She finished the season joining the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to sing the role of Ruth and cover Rose in the World Premiere of Tobias Picker’s Awakenings, as well as their production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and joined the Metropolitan Opera for their workshop of  Kevin Puts’ The Hours.

Previous engagements included an exciting debut as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with Opera NEO, Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Santa Barbara, performances as soprano soloist in Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, covers of Eurydice in Orphée et Eurydice and Maria Celeste in Galileo Galilei with Des Moines Metro Opera, Nannetta in Falstaff with Chautauqua Opera, and Kenzie in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Lyric Unlimited touring production of Earth to KenzieMs. Blaustein was scheduled to join The Glimmerglass Festival for their 2020 season singing Despina in Così fan tutte and covering Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music, and return to Opera Santa Barbara as Beth in Little Women, but these events were canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Active in competition, Rachel Blaustein recently received an Encouragement Award from the 2021 MONC Northwest Region and Second Prize in Partners for the Arts Competition, as well as 3rd Place in the Tri-Cities Opera: TCO Next Virtual Vocal Competition. Rachel  won second place in The American Prize: Women in Opera, and was a finalist and won an Encouragement Award from both the 2019 Central Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as well as the Annapolis Opera Competition. Additionally, she won the Audience Choice Award in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition and was a finalist in Opera Ithaca’s Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice.

A native of Olney, Maryland, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Voice with a Minor in Drama from Hofstra University and a Master of Music from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.

Updated July 23, 2022

Video

“O ne rydai, mai Paolo” from Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini

“I Worry, That’s All” from Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers

Letter Scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

“Ach ich fühl’s” from Die Zauberföte

“Je suis encore” from Manon

“Someone Someday” from Most Happy Fella

Press

"...Blaustein brought a sweetness to Micól... – The New York Times

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis – "The soprano Rachel Blaustein brought a sweetness to Micòl that persevered through her character’s capriciousness."

"...Blaustein making a stellar NYCO debut..." – DC Metro Theater Arts

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis – " soprano Rachel Blaustein, making a stellar NYCO debut as Micól (who senses the doom and the likelihood of being the last in the long Finzi-Contini line)."

"...Blaustein's performance blended vocal sincerity with physical guile..." – Tulsa World

Gianni Schicchi – "Blaustein performs the opera's best-known piece, the aria "O mio babbino caro," well; her character is using this effusive paean to convince her father to give his blessing to her romance, and Blaustein's performance blended vocal sincerity with physical guile."

"Her brilliant lyric soprano animated her first act Letter Scene..." – San Diego Story

Eugene Onegin – "Rachel Blaustein gave us a Tatyana to cherish, at first a complex mix of youthful reticence and wildly impassioned outpourings that grew over the opera’s course into a passionate, mature woman who knows her own mind and finds the strength to carry out her resolve. Her brilliant lyric soprano animated her first act Letter Scene, and it turned into gleaming, steely resolve in her final confrontation with Onegin."

"...clear soprano often carried the plot..." – Urban Milwaukee

Dido and Aeneas – “Floating in and out of the chorus, as do many in this production, was Rachel Blaustein, whose clear soprano often carried the plot in the Purcell piece.”

"...her voluptuous phrasing soared..." – San Diego Story

Concert at Opera NEO – “With apparent ease her voluptuous phrasing soared into her gleaming high register.”