Mezzo-soprano Rachel Arky, whose “expressive phrasing and fine sound” are coupled with an “endearing” and “convincing” stage presence, was recently seen as Lola (Cavalleria rusticana/New Jersey Verismo Opera), Maddalena (Rigoletto/Natchez Festival of Music), Hattie (Kiss Me, Kate/Natchez Festival of Music), Zellah (cover/The Mark of Cain/Chelsea Opera), Der Trommler (cover/Der Kaiser von Atlantis/Opera Moderne), Zerlina (scenes/Don Giovanni/Chautauqua Opera), Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice), and Siébel (Faust). Upcoming engagements include Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Lady in Waiting (Macbeth) and other roles with Palm Beach Opera, where she will be a Young Artist during the 2013-14 season.
This past year Ms. Arky was a Finalist in a number of prestigious competitions, including the Marcello Giordani Foundation Voice Competition (for which she also won an Encouragement Prize), the Mario Lanza Institute Scholarship Competition, the New Jersey Verismo Opera Competition, and the Arkadi Foundation Opera Idol Competition. Prior to 2012 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. Ms. Arky has also been featured in a number of master classes with prominent singers and directors, including ones taught by Frederica von Stade, Catherine Malfitano, and Joseph Bascetta.
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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