Rachel is an accomplished and versatile soprano, in demand as both a soloist and ensemble singer.
“Soprano soloist, Rachel Chapman, belied her slim physique to provide powerful and controlled colour against the mighty musical forces arrayed behind her”
Rachel’s operatic experience is extensive; she has performed as a soloist with many of the leading UK opera companies, and works regularly as a member of the Chorus at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Her roles include Adina (L’Elisir d’amore), Angelica (Handel’s Orlando), Bianca (La Rondine), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Micaela (Carmen), Susan (Berkeley’s The Dinner Engagement), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Vixen Sharp-Ears (The Cunning Little Vixen), Woglinde (Götterdämmerung) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). In the realm of contemporary opera Rachel has performed in the world premieres of Langer’s The Girl of Sand (Almeida Opera) and Maazel’s 1984 (Royal Opera House).
“Rachel Chapman (Vixen) was by far the most exciting performer of the evening; she combined effortless flirtation with vocal agility and real comedic talent”
Rachel is also an experienced oratorio soloist. Her repertoire is varied, including Bach’s St Matthew Passion, St John Passion, Britten’s War Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem, Fanshawe’s African Sanctus, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and The Seasons, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Poulenc’s Gloria, to name but a few. Rachel has sung live on Radio 3’s In Tune programme, and performed live on radio and television as part of the BBC Proms.
She has performed in leading British venues such as Christchurch Cathedral Dublin, Coventry Cathedral, Ripon Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Tewksbury Abbey and York Minster; as well as London’s Barbican, Cadogan Hall, London Coliseum, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival and Queen Elizabeth Halls, St John Smith’s Square and St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Rachel has given solo recitals in London and performed Strauss’ Four Last Songs in Cheltenham and Annecy.
“The clear voice of soprano Rachel Chapman rang above the choir”
As a consort singer, Rachel works regularly with some of the UK’s leading groups, including the BBC Singers, the Choir of the Enlightenment, the English Concert Choir, the Gabrieli Consort and Sonoro. She appears on numerous recordings, particularly with the Opera Rara label. Her singing has taken her as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and she has worked extensively in Europe. She is a regular member of the renowned choir of St Brides Church, Fleet Street.
Rachel gained a Bachelor of Music Honours Degree at Manchester University. She undertook further training with English National Opera on “The Knack” programme. She currently studies with Jennie Caron.