Mezzo-soprano Rachel Arky, whose “expressive phrasing and fine sound” are coupled with an “endearing” and “convincing” stage presence, was recently seen as Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia/Palm Beach Opera), Lady in Waiting (Macbeth/Palm Beach Opera), Mrs. Webb (scenes/Our Town/Palm Beach Opera YAP), Bradamante (scenes/Alcina/Palm Beach Opera YAP), and Maddalena (Rigoletto/Natchez Festival of Music). Upcoming engagements include Carmen (cover/The Tragedy of Carmen/Des Moines Metro Opera), Martha (Iolanta/New Opera NYC), and Ms. Arky’s Lincoln Center debut as the Mezzo-soprano Soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass with DCINY at Avery Fisher Hall.
Since 2013 Ms. Arky has placed as a Finalist in a number of prestigious competitions, including the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Voice Competition (two years in a row), the Mario Lanza Institute Scholarship Competition, the New Jersey Verismo Opera Competition, and the Arkadi Foundation Opera Idol Competition. Prior to 2013 the New York-born mezzo-soprano won Third Place in the Liederkranz Voice Competition (Art Song Division), was a Semi-Finalist in the Opera Columbus Irma M. Cooper Competition, and received an Encouragement Grant from Career Bridges.
Rachel completed her M.M. at Manhattan School of Music and her undergraduate studies at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She currently resides in New York City and is represented by Wade Artist Management.
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