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"Speirs makes a big impact with her feisty acting and, when required, her seductive singing."

Seen and Heard International 

Credit: Matt Jones


Scottish Soprano Rachel Speirs enjoys a varied career as a performer and music facilitator. Recent and upcoming engagements include Titania in Purcell's The Fairy Queen, Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, and cover Musetta in La bohème (Longborough Festival Opera/Playground Opera), Soprano Soloist for Mozart's Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall, 'Discover Opera' recitals (English National Opera), Lulu in Under the little red moon for 6-24 month old children, Theresa in The Great Stink, Ensemble in The Rake's Progress, and Ensemble/Lamplighter cover in Puccini's Manon Lescaut (English Touring Opera).

Rachel is an Artist Practitioner for the Royal Opera House Create & Sing Programme, leads workshops with SEND participants and people living with dementia for English Touring Opera, and is passionate and experienced in sharing and creating music in community settings. She recently completed a level 2 Makaton qualification, and is Co-Director of SoundUp Arts CIC, producing musical experiences for people affected by dementia.

Upcoming performances:

Lamplighter (cover)/Ensemble - Manon Lescaut

Ensemble - The Rake's Progress

Theresa - The Great Stink (KS2)

February - May 2024

English Touring Opera (UK Tour)

Mozart's Requiem - Soprano Soloist

12th May 2024, 7pm

Royal Albert Hall

with The Really Big Chorus (this concert supports the work of The Royal Society of Musicians. Find out more by clicking here)

Adina - L'elisir d'amore 

Musetta (cover) - La bohème 

May - August 2024

Longborough Festival Opera 

Reviews:

"... relish the glossy sensuality of Rachel Speirs' Titania and the feistiness of the soprano's Hippolyta." - Opera Today, August 2023 (The Fairy Queen, Longborough Festival Opera)

"There are a plethora of excellent performances from among the young cast, not least from Rachel Speirs who plays both Titania and Hippolyta. With her highly persuasive soprano, she sings 'Thrice happy lovers' with a sense of drunken sarcasm, which suggests her own marriage to Theseus is far from happy, and feels a far cry from the 'purity' we might expect when it comes from Juno's lips." - Music OMH, August 2023 (The Fairy Queen, Longborough Festival 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 (The Soldier's Legacy, Retrospect Opera)

"Tenor Joseph Doody and Soprano Rachel Speirs are much younger performers than Keeble and Hayes, but are entirely convincing as the two lovers around which much of the plot will revolve." - The Light Music Society, February 2023 (The Soldier's Legacy, Retrospect Opera)

"She has lyric instincts and operatic powers in reserve, and the latter are certainly engaged by 'A sa dame malade'" - MusicWeb International, 2021 (The Fabulous Sir John CD Recording, Divine Art Records)

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