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Credit: Matt Jones

Biography

Scottish Soprano Rachel Speirs has recently performed with English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, and Hurn Court Opera. She is a Royal Opera House Create & Sing Artist, and a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music where she won the Betty Bannerman Award for French Song, the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the singing of Strauss, and was a finalist in the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize.


Recent and upcoming engagements include Lulu in Under the little red moon (English Touring Opera), Soprano soloist in Mozart's Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall, Titania in The Fairy Queen/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Longborough Festival Opera), Governess in The Turn of the Screw (MusikFermata), cover Lamplighter in Manon Lescaut and Chorus in The Rake's Progress (English Touring Opera), Theresa in The Great Stink for Key Stage 2 (ETO),  Princess Nekaya in Utopia Limited (National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company), and cover Musetta in La bohème (Longborough Festival Opera). Rachel recorded the role of Lotty with Retrospect Opera for their recording of G.A. MacFarren's The Soldier's Legacy released in 2023, and has also recorded songs by William Alwyn and John Manduell for Divine Art Records.

 

Rachel sang the role of Maria Bertram in Mansfield Park (Royal Northern College of Music), performed Mrs Nordstrom in A Little Night Music (Buxton International Festival), joined the Chorus of Opera North in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, and sang with English Touring Opera Chorus for their Spring 2022 mainstage productions of La bohème and The Golden Cockerel, as well as the Soprano roles in How To Find Your Name for SEND audiences. 


Rachel is regularly engaged as a soloist on the concert platform with recent and upcoming highlights including Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Haydn's The Creation, Handel’s Messiah, and Haydn Nelson Mass.

 

Rachel is passionate about sharing and creating music in community settings and is Co-Director of SoundUp Arts CIC, which brings music and opera to those affected by dementia. She has also worked in community settings for Streetwise Opera, Together Dementia Support, the Royal Opera House, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Grange Park Opera, and The Sixteen. For more details about Rache's work as a facilitator, please get in touch via email.

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