Praised for “garnering audience approval as a true standout,” young Soprano Rachel Blaustein is quickly gaining recognition for her riveting stage presence and innate musicality as she brings life to repertoire ranging from Handel and Mozart to contemporary works. Rachel began her 2015-2016 season as a Mosher Studio Artist with Opera Santa Barbara performing the role of Giannetta and covering Adina in L’elisir d’amore as well as covering Lauretta and performing First Alm Sister in their double-bill of Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica. She returned to Des Moines Metro Opera in the summer of 2016 as the cover of Eurydice in their mainstage production of Orphée et Eurydice as well as the cover of Maria Celeste in Philip Glass’s Galileo Galilei.
In the 2016-2017 season, Rachel will join Kentucky Opera as the resident soprano in their studio artist program singing Peep-Bo in The Mikado. She will also be making her debut with Fort Worth Opera as a Soloist in their Frontiers Showcase and will return with Columbia Pro Cantare Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria and Haydn’s Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo.
Rachel began her 2014-2015 season at the Baltimore Lyric as Konstanze in Peabody Opera’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, followed by Barena in Jánaček’s Jenůfa and First Flower in Catán’s La hija de Rappaccini as an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera. Additional engagements included a return with the Amadeus Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah, and Columbia Pro Cantare for Amy Beach’s Grand Mass in E-flat. Ms. Blaustein made her Kennedy Center debut in the Conservatory Project Concert Series on behalf of the Peabody Institute.
The 2013-2014 season included covering Nannetta as a Studio Artist in Chautauqua Opera’s Falstaff, Sandman/Dew fairy in Peabody Opera’s Hansel and Gretel, as well as the soprano soloist in the Messiah with Amadeus Orchestra.
Active in concert and competition, Rachel previously gave the New York premiere of a new music composition by composer Christopher Cresswell, entitled hesheyoumeus. She was a finalist in the 2017 Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition, received an Encouragement Award in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, won second prize in the 2014 Sylvia Green Vocal Competition with Peabody Conservatory, and was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Partner for the Arts Competition.
Highlights of previous seasons included Zerlina, Princess Ida and Alcina all with Hofstra University, where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Voice with a minor in drama in 2013. A native of Olney, Maryland, Rachel holds a Master of Music from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.