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Scottish Soprano Rachel Speirs enjoys a varied career as a performer and music facilitator. Recent and upcoming engagements include Lulu in Under the little red moon (English Touring Opera), Titania in Purcell's The Fairy Queen (Longborough Festival Opera), 'Discovering Opera' performances (English National Opera), Soprano Soloist for a concert celebrating the 120 year anniversary of Buxton Opera House, Modestina cover in Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims (English Touring Opera), Musetta cover in La bohème (Hurn Court Opera), and Brahms' Ein deutsches requiem (Leeds Philharmonic Chorus). Rachel sang Lotty in the premiere recording of MacFarren's The Soldier's Legacy with Retrospect Opera, released in 2023.

Rachel is Co-Director of SoundUp Arts CIC, a non-profit organisation producing musical experiences for people affected by dementia. Rachel has extensive experience in learning and engagement settings with primary age children, SEND audiences, and people living with dementia. She is currently touring a new SEND audiences opera Zoo! with English Touring Opera.

Next performances:

Buxton Opera House

1st June 2023

Buxton Opera House 120 - starring Russell Watson

High Street Methodist Church, Witney

10th June 2023

Ein deutches Requiem - Brahms (Soprano Solo)

Longborough Festival Opera

29/30 July and 1/3 August 2023

The Fairy Queen - Purcell (Titania/Hippolyta)

English Touring Opera (Various UK locations)

October/November 2023

Under the little red moon - Yealland & Hepplewhite (Lulu)

Recent review: The Soldier's Legacy, G.A. MacFarren (Retrospect Opera)

"Rachel Speirs as Lotty, meanwhile, has the sweetness of a true soubrette, and in some of the Act 2 ensembles – with all four singers forming a euphonious ensemble and Speirs sparkling up on top – they make an enjoyable case for this unassuming opera as more than the sum of its (pleasant enough) parts."

Gramophone, January 2023

Read full review here.

Listen to The Soldier's Legacy here .

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