Who is Rachel Roper?

Rachel studied on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of John Llewelyn Evans. She is the recipient of the Marianne Falk Award and is the most recent winner of the MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year competition.

She was awarded the Joyce Budd Second Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for Young Singers in October 2018 and is featured on Dave Bilborough’s most recent album Hidden Kingdom, as part of the London Signature Singers. In August 2019, she sang the role of the Angel in the premiere of Bob Chilcott’s A Christmas Oratorio which was recorded for BBC Radio 3.

Rachel has enjoyed singing in masterclasses with various notable musicians including Stephen Varcoe, Kamal Khan, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Sarah Walker, and Roderick Williams, and also enjoys performing around the UK as a recitalist with her duo partner Claire Habbershaw.

However, opera is her first love, and she is privileged to have performed in many operatic productions, such as Die Zauberflöte for Bloomsbury Opera (Dritte Knabe), La Boheme for Nevill Holt Opera (Chorus), Sir John in Love (Mistress Ford) for British Youth Opera, as well as A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chorus Fairy), L’incoronazione di Poppea (Ottavia), I’m Cleaning I’m Cleaning (Cover Telemarketer), The Apothecary (Cover Elise), Dead Man Walking (Jade Boucher), Blond Eckbert (Berthe), Sāvitri (Offstage Chorus), Maria Egiziaca (Secondo Compagno/Il Povero/La Cieca), and La Bella Dormente nel Bosco (Il Cuculo/La Vecchietta/La Duchessa/La Regina) for the Guildhall School Opera, and recently created the roles of Dorotea in A Star Next to the Moon by Stephen McNeff, Jewish Child in A Child in Striped Pyjamas by Noah Max, and The Artist in Reborns by Elif Nur Karlidag.

She has also performed the roles of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Giunone in La Calisto, Ruggiero in Alcina, Witch 2 in Dido and Aeneas, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Nancy in Albert Herring, Chérubin in Chérubin, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Stařenka in Jenůfa, Anna in Maria Stuarda, Romeo in I Capuleti e Montecchi, and Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito for Opera Scenes.

Previous concert engagements include Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s C minor Mass, Matthews Stars, Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, Rossini’s Petit Messe Sollenelle, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Vivaldi’s Gloria.