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Biography

Hailing from the west coast of Canada, soprano Rachel Allen is praised for bringing “great tenderness” and “seductive power” to her singing (Opera Going Toronto). Particularly recognised for her interpretation of baroque repertoire, she has appeared as a concert soloist with ensembles including La Modestine (Leo Salve Regina), the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Handel Amarilli Vezzosa), the Victoria Baroque Players (Bach St John Passion, BWV 150, Telemann Deutsche Magnificat, Seele lerne dich erkennen, and Vivaldi Magnificat), and the Victoria Philharmonic Choir (Bach Magnificat and Fauré Requiem) . 

 

Rachel is currently pursuing a Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music in the studio of Alison Wells. She is generously supported at the RCM as a Robert Anderson Award Holder and is a recipient of a British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship. Rachel received her Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto, studying on exchange at the Royal Northern College of Music in her final year, graduating with high distinction. As an academic, Rachel recently published a revised entry for Grove Music Online on 18th-century Handelian soprano, Élisabeth Duparc (La Francesina), co-authored with Dr Cheryll Duncan.

 

An experienced ensemble singer, Rachel has performed with groups including the chorus of Opera Atelier, Canada’s premiere baroque opera company, and the Cathedral Choir of St James in Toronto, Canada. At the University of Toronto, she was a featured soloist with the Schola Cantorum in collaboration with the Theatre of Early Music in presentations of Handel’s Messiah, Dixit Dominus, Israel in Egypt, and Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra), Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, and scenes of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (La Ninfa) with tenor Charles Daniels. 

 

Studying with sopranos Nancy Argenta and Ingrid Attrot, Rachel trained in the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Opera Studio, where she appeared as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Hermia (The Fairy Queen), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) and in scenes as Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). At the Victoria Conservatory, Rachel was a first prize winner in the Margaret Abbot Memorial English Song, Mélodie Française, German Lieder, and Italian Art Song competitions, respectively. Rachel was awarded the Ethel James Rose Bowl and Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival, subsequently winning first place in the National Classical Voice category at the British Columbia Performing Arts Festival.

 

Recent performance highlights include Bellezza, Semele, and Seconda Hora (L’Egisto) with Hampstead Garden Opera, a recital of Bach arias in Music at Hill’s Midtown Concert Bach Festival, and Morgana (Alcina) with Ensemble OrQuesta at the 2021 Grimeborn Opera Festival. Rachel looks forward to making her debut in the Monteverdi Choir in their 2021-22 season.