Known for her absolute precision and fiery coloratura, soprano Rainelle Krause is a versatile and compelling artist who recently impressed audiences and critics alike at her Houston Grand Opera début in her signature role, Die Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte. Her performance was praised by Texas Classical Review for its “brilliance, agility, and precision,” and The Houston Chronicle called it “a smashing company début.” Last season brought several significant appearances in the role including with Bergen Nasjonale Opera, Opera Orchestre Montpellier Occitanie, Staatsoper Berlin Unter den Linden, and The Metropolitan Opera (cover). She also brought her in-demand Königin to Royal Danish Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theater Basel, Oper Köln, and North Carolina Opera. This season, she reprises the role with the Royal Danish Opera and Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden, and she makes her Dutch National Opera, English National Opera, and Nashville Opera débuts in the role.
Other recent highlights include her guest artist appearance with English National Opera’s BBC Proms concert “Horrible Histories: ‘Orrible Opera,” soprano soloist for Brevard Music Festival’s Carmina Burana under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera at Royal Danish Opera, the Princess in The Snow Queen at Concertgebouw Amsterdam under Maestro Kent Nagano, Tania in Al gran sole carico d'amore with Theater Basel, Pat Nixon in Nixon in China at The Princeton Festival, and featured artist for Opus Opera’s event, Mystique, a circus and opera collaboration. [read more...]
“... a magical moment of excellent vocal skill…” – Cologne Magazine
Die Zauberflöte– “The Queen of the Night, ferociously sung by Rainelle Krause, was a real firecracker, earning ovations from the beginning. In her revenge aria, she chiseled the coloratura into the room, tossing the highest notes like bullets into the sky, a magical moment of excellent vocal skill."
"... Krause's fine coloratura…” – OperaMagazine.nl
The Snow Queen – “Rainelle Krause's fine coloratura soprano reached the balcony as Princess with the top notes unscathed.”
"... expert singing and emotions..." – Broadway World
Die Zauberflöte– “However, the true standouts of this production are found in Rainelle Krause as Queen of the Night ... The Act II aria from the Queen of the Night is one of the most famous in history (according to this writer's opera fanatic friends). Krause sings this aria beautifully, and her voice soars. Sitting in the audience, one can feel the expert singing and emotions that Krause is portraying."
"... Krause steals the show..." – Sceneblog.dk
U ballo in maschera – “And then there is the surprise. For it is Rainelle Krause who steals the scene as Oscar, in a trouser role… The American coloratura soprano Rainelle Krause's voice blares in the finest way through the big soundscape, and like her Queen of the Night in Barrie Kosky's MAGIC FLUTE in 2020, Krause steals the show when she arrives.”
"... Krause fascinates..." – Deutschlandfunk
Al gran sole carico d’amore – “The female roles of the revolutionaries in "Al gran sole" demand from the sopranos the highest virtuosity in the highest possible tessitura over wide-ranging phrases. Rainelle Krause fascinates as a frightened, dying Tania Bunke.”