Rachel Blaustein

Rachel Blaustein

Praised for her “brilliant lyric soprano”, Rachel Blaustein is quickly gaining recognition for her riveting stage presence and innate musicality.

On the heels of an exciting debut as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with Opera NEO, Ms. Blaustein is poised as a bright, up-and-coming artist, with a moving sensibility to drama and text. In early 2021, she joined the roster of Chicago Opera Theatre for two productions, firstly appearing as the Queer Kid in the Midwest premiere of Kamala Sankaram’s Taking up Serpents and subsequently performing in Daniel Catan’s La hija de Rappaccini. Ms. Blaustein also made her Santa Fe Opera debut in summer 2021 as Autonoe in the world premiere of John Corigliano’s The Lord of Cries.

Upcoming engagements include her Tulsa Opera debut as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and 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.  She will also return to Chicago Opera Theatre as Frasquita in Carmen.

Calendar

Event Date
Jul 17
to
Aug 17
Lord of Cries
Autone
Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Event Date
Sep 16
to
Sep 18
Carmen
Frasquita
Chicago Opera Theater
Chicago, Illinois
Event Date
Oct 15
to
Oct 17
Gianni Schicchi
Lauretta
Tulsa Opera
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Event Date
Jan 19
to
Feb 20
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
Micòl
New York City Opera
New York, NY
Event Date
Jun 1
to
Jun 1
Recital
Beth El Congregation
Baltimore, Maryland

Artist Bio

Praised for her “brilliant lyric soprano”, Rachel Blaustein is quickly gaining recognition for her riveting stage presence and innate musicality.

On the heels of an exciting debut as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with Opera NEO, Ms. Blaustein is poised as a bright, up-and-coming artist, with a moving sensibility to drama and text. In early 2021, she joined the roster of Chicago Opera Theatre for two productions, firstly appearing as the Queer Kid in the Midwest premiere of Kamala Sankaram’s Taking up Serpents and subsequently performing in Daniel Catan’s La hija de Rappaccini. Ms. Blaustein also made her Santa Fe Opera debut in summer 2021 as Autonoe in the world premiere of John Corigliano’s The Lord of Cries.

Upcoming engagements include her Tulsa Opera debut as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and 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.  She will also return to Chicago Opera Theatre as Frasquita in Carmen.

Recent engagements of note include 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 Kenzie.

Ms. 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 was also in the semi-finals of the McCammon Voice Competition held by Fort Worth Opera, but these events were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She was also set to return to Opera Santa Barbara as Beth in Little Women, which has been postponed.

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. Earlier this season, she won 3rd Place in the Tri-Cities Opera: TCO Next Virtual Vocal Competition. She 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 August 31, 2021.

Video

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Letter Scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

Ach ich fühl’s

Je suis encor

Press

"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.”