A finalist in NI Opera's Festival of Voice competition 2014, Northern Irish soprano Rachel Wolseley is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London where she studied with Susan Waters. She currently studies with David Pollard. A member of the Extra Chorus with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Rachel was a Young Musician at Camerata Ireland’s Clandeboye Festival 2015 where she was awarded a Flax Trust Bursary and worked in masterclasses with soprano Ailish Tynan. Highly commended in the Mozart Singing Competition 2015, oratorio credits include Schubert's Mass in G and Poulenc's Gloria at both St Anne's and St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast, Vivaldi's Gloria at the GSMD conducted by David Vinden and most recently Pergolesi Stabat Mater and Dvořák Te Deum. Most recent highlights include covering the roles of Forester's Wife and Owl in Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen for British Youth Opera at the Peacock Theatre, London and Dialogue des Carmélites, Poulenc with Fulham Opera. Finalist in the Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year competition, Rachel has also performed with Castleward Opera, as Fairy Princess in Brian Irvine's The Tailor's Daughter at the Grand Opera House, Belfast for the Belfast Festival at Queen's and at St James Theatre, London.
Rachel is a regular soloist with East Surrey Choral society, in works such as Handel's Messiah and Rutter's Requiem, amongst others. She has appeared in recital at St George's, Beckenham, St Olave's, Hart Street, in Rotterdam, Holland with pianist Federico Mosquera and most recently at St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, for Jane Manning's 70th birthday celebrations as part of the City of London Festival. Roles at GSMD have included Lady Billows Albert Herring, and Echo Ariadne auf Naxos and Magda La Rondine in scenes.
Rachel took part in the Académie Internationale d'été de Nice in 2013 and has worked with distinguished artists and professors such as Juan Diego Flórez, Rosalind Plowright OBE, Nelly Miricioiu, Lorraine Nubar, Dalton Baldwin, Mark Shanahan, Della Jones, Amanda Roocroft, David Gowland and Sarah Walker.
As a young chorister, Rachel was a member of the award winning Methodist College Belfast choirs, with whom she has sung in Westminster Abbey, at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms, as soloist at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast and on the CD I Hear it in the Heart. Rachel's studies were kindly supported by the Guildhall School Trust and the Worshipful Company of Apothecaries.