A finalist in NI Opera's Festival of Voice competition, Northern Irish soprano Rachel Wolseley is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
She is currently a student of David Pollard and a member of the Extra Chorus with both the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and English National Opera. This season Rachel travelled with the Royal Opera to Tokyo, Japan, where they toured their productions of Gounod's Faust and Verdi's Otello (revived in London later in the year), and was also involved in a new production of Verdi's Luisa Miller at the London Coliseum with English National Opera.
The 2019/20 season will also see Rachel in recital at the Crush Room, Royal Opera House and covering the role of Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Grange Festival (postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
Recent highlights include her Australian debut at the Adelaide Festival in Brett Dean's Hamlet; 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.
Other credits at the Royal Opera include Les vêpres siciliennes, Verdi; Lohengrin, Wagner; Boris Godunov, Mussorgsky.
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. 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, Dalton Baldwin, Della Jones, and Sarah Walker.