Winner of the 2013 Capital City Critics Choice Award at the Ottawa Fringe for her solo performance in Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine (Opera 5), Canadian soprano Rachel Krehm is establishing herself as a sophisticated performer in both the opera and theatre communities. A multi-faceted artist, Rachel is the co-founder and General Director of Opera 5, and the creator, co-writer and one of the performers of the children’s educational show Tenors, Trumpets and La Traviata which debuted as part of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony’s Family Series in March of 2014. Upcoming events include an all English art song recital at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto in April 2014 and an appearance in a 2nd Viennese School Night performing Schönberg, Webern and Berg with artists Yosuke Kawaski, Concertmaster of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Wolfram Koessel, cellist of the American Quartet.
Praised for her “lovely, radiant voice” (Opera Canada), and her “excellent acting” (Capital City Critics), Rachel has most recently performed the roles of Susanna in Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna, Elle in Poulenc’s La voix humaine at the Ottawa Fringe Festival, El Trujamán in De Falla’s El retablo de Maese Pedro, Hélène in Hindemith’s Hin und Zurück, and Studio in Milton Granger’s Talk Opera (Opera 5), Rachel has also been seen singing Spirit in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with The Velvet Curtain, Suor Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with Opera on the Avalon, Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo with SOLT, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with C.O.S.I., Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with both Opera by Request and Canzona Cocert Series, Bianca in Puccini’s La Rondine with Opera McGill and the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon with Opera da Camera. She is also a regularly featured actor in the popular web-series, Opera Cheats (Opera 5).
Rachel is an accomplished concert soloist who specializes in 20th and 21st century music. In September 2014, she performed Pierrot Lunaire with Yosuke Kawasaki and his chamber ensemble. In 2012, she premiered Mother/Daughter by Canadian Composer Walter Buczynski in two concerts with Selene Concert Series in Toronto. Other recent concert performances have included Sempre Libera with John Morris Russell and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Soprano Soloist for Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Été, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio all with various orchestras in Toronto.
In 2008, she attended The Franz Schubert Institute in Baden, bei Wien, Austria where she studied with Elly Ameling, Rudolph Jansen, Julius Drake and Michael McMahon. Inspired by this experience, she toured a program of Austrian Art Songs in Toronto and Montreal. Rachel holds a Masters of Music and a Bachelors of Music from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.