Rachael Colman

mezzo-soprano

 About Rachael

 

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"Clarion trumpet in an elegant throat! ...What else could happen but that blaze of beautiful sound??? Yum."

 

- Linda Ade Brand

stage director

Mezzo-soprano Rachael Colman is a dedicated interpreter of concert and chamber music across the United States. Her flexible voice and sensitive musicality have earned her roster positions with nationally-recognized ensembles including the GRAMMY®-nominated True Concord Voices & Orchestra, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Spire Chamber Ensemble. Her performances have taken her to Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Symphony Hall in Boston, Helzburg Hall and the historic Folly Theater in Kansas City, and the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

 

"Her execution is pristine and her artistic interpretation informed and inspired."

- Eric Holtan

conductor and music director,

True Concord Voices & Orchestra

 

Rachael is best known for her passionate performances of the works of Purcell, Bach, Handel, Mozart, and Rossini. She has been a featured soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion and Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, both in collaboration with the Kansas City Baroque Consortium and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory Singers. She has been a frequent guest of the Trinity Chamber Artists in Kansas City, with whom she sings as a soloist in their Bach Cantata Series, and has been a performer of choice in the Bach’s Lunch series at UMKC. Equally at home on the operatic stage, her roles include Angelina (La Cenerentola), Nancy (Albert Herring), Meg (Little Women), the Baker's Wife (Into the Woods), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Prince Charming (Cendrillon), and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), among others.

 

Rachael has performed regional and world premieres of more than twenty new works. She is an original member of the new group Chorosynthesis in Seattle, WA, at whose inaugural concert she sang as primary soloist for Lansing McLoskey’s Zealot Canticle, a West Coast premiere. She debuted Derek M. Jenkin’s complete song cycle Nach Raum und Zeit as part of the Musica Nova series at UMKC, and has participated in workshops with Steve Reich (performances of Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ) and John Corigliano (performances of Fern Hill and scenes from The Ghosts of Versailles). An advocate for improvisational vocal music as well, during her study at the OperaWorks program in Los Angeles she created the role of Soap Opera Diva B.B. Worthington in an original, completely improvised three-act opera, Pride & Promiscuity. Rachael has lent her voice to a special recording project, Teach Me Your Way: Selections from a Year of Psalms. The project covered forty-one original psalm settings by Christopher Bartlette as written specifically for St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Waco, TX.

 

Rachael is a two-time award winner in the Kansas City Musical Club competition (2014, 2015), a Rose Award Winner in the annual Sigma Alpha Iota musical competition (2013), first-place winner in the MasterWorks Vocal Competition in Winona Lake, IN (2012), a semi-finalist in the Young Patronesses of the Opera competition in Miami, FL (2015), and she is a three-time recipient of a career grant from the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Women's Council Graduate Assistant Fund (2013-2015). She holds degrees from Baylor University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

As of April 2018, Rachael was invited to join the ranks of the United States Air Force as a vocalist with the Heritage of America Band. Stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, she performs as one of the lead singers in their rock band Full Spectrum. She also enjoys guest performances with the Heritage of America Concert Band and the band's resident jazz ensemble, Rhythm in Blue.

 

Rachael also freelances as a graphic designer, specializing in the needs of her fellow musicians. Click here to learn more about Rachael Colman Designs.

 

last updated 12.18.18

"Soloist Rachael Colman... sang well, her clear notes sailing effortlessly over the male voices with clarity of tone and precise intonation."

 

- KCMetropolis

Alto Rhapsody with Musica Vocale (Kansas City, MO)

 Repertoire

 

Ensemble Rosters

True Concord Voices & Orchestra (GRAMMY® nominee) | Eric Holtan, conductor

Handel & Haydn Society | Harry Christophers, conductor

Santa Fe Desert Chorale | Joshua Habermann, conductor

 

Spire Chamber Ensemble | Ben Spalding, conductor

 

Chorosynthesis Singers | Jeremiah Selvey & Wendy K. Moy, conductors

Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble | Craig Hella Johnson, conductor

Major Works (solos)

Opera and Music Theater

*scene

J. S. Bach

 

 

 

Beethoven

 

Brahms

 

Britten

 

Handel

 

Vaughan Williams

Cantatas 11, 12, 22, 70

Mass in B minor*

St. John Passion

 

9th Symphony*

 

Alto Rhapsody

 

Rejoice in the Lamb

 

Messiah

 

Serenade to Music

Adamo

 

Berlioz

 

Britten

 

 

Cavalli

 

Corigliano

 

 

Gilbert & Sullivan

 

Massenet

 

 

Menotti

 

D. Moore

 

Monteverdi

 

Mozart

 

 

Puccini

 

 

Purcell

 

J. Strauss

 

Rossini

 

Sondheim

Little Women

 

Beatrice et Benedict

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Albert Herring

 

L'Ormindo

 

The Ghosts of Versailles

 

 

The Pirates of Penzance

 

Cendrillon

Werther

 

The Medium

 

Gallantry

 

L'incoronazione di Poppea

 

Così fan tutte

Le nozze di Figaro

 

Gianni Schicchi

Madama Butterfly

 

Dido & Aeneas

 

Die Fledermaus

 

La Cenerentola

 

Company

Into the Woods

 

A Little Night Music

Meg

 

Beatrice*

 

Oberon
Nancy

 

Nerillo

 

Cherubino*

Susanna*

 

Kate

 

Le Prince Charmant

Charlotte*

 

Mrs. Nolan

 

Lola

 

Ottavia*

 

Dorabella*

Cherubino

 

Zita

Suzuki*

 

Dido

 

Ida

 

Angelina

 

Jenny*

Baker's Wife

Cinderella*

Charlotte*

Major Works (chorister)

J. S. Bach

 

 

Beethoven

 

 

Bernstein

Brahms

Bresnik

Britten

 

Copland

Corigliano

 

Durufle

 

Faure

Grechaninov

 

Handel

 

 

Haydn

Lang

Monteverdi

Mozart

 

Orff

 

Rutter

 

Tchaikovsky

 

Vivaldi

Cantatas 50, 149

Easter Oratorio

Komm, Jesu, komm (BWV 229)

Magnificat

St. Matthew Passion

 

9th Symphony

Choral Fantasy

Missa Solemnis

Chichester Psalms

Missa Brevis

Requiem

Passions of Bloom

Ceremony of Carols

Rejoice in the Lamb

In the Beginning

 

Fern Hill

 

Requiem

 

Requiem

Passion Week

 

Dettingen Te Deum

Dixit Dominus

The King Shall Rejoice

Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened

Messiah

Semele

 

Lord Nelson Mass

 

the little match girl passion

Vespers of 1610

Requiem

 

Carmina Burana

 

Gloria

1812 Overture

 

Magnificat

*prepared

 Schedule

 

Recent Engagements

2017

December
16 - 23
Santa Fe Desert Chorale | Winter Festival

Santa Fe, NM

December
7 - 10
True Concord | Lessons and Carols

Tucson, AZ

November
10 - 12
Handel+Haydn Society | "Amadeus" Live

Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

November
2 - 5
True Concord | Lang LITTLE MATCH GIRL PASSION

Tucson, AZ

October
12 - 15
True Concord | "The British Are Coming!"

Tucson, AZ

October
6 & 8
Handel+Haydn Society | Beethoven SYMPHONY NO. 9

Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

 

 Media

Una voce poco fa

Il barbiere di Siviglia (G. Rossini)

Alto Rhapsody, op. 53

J. Brahms

with Musica Vocale, Kansas City, MO

Nancy's Aria and Duet

Albert Herring (B. Britten)

Things Change, Jo

Little Women (M. Adamo)

Non più mesta

La Cenerentola (G. Rossini)

Faites-lui mes aveux

Faust (C. Gounod)

Gallery

 

 Contact

 

Rachael Colman

+1 (832) 755-7747 colman.rach@gmail.com

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