Recently described by The Observer as ‘magnificent, full-toned, flexible, accurate and powerful,’ Rachel Nicholls is now widely recognised as one of the most exciting dramatic sopranos of her generation. She was born in Bedford and in 2013 was awarded an Opera Awards Foundation Bursary to study with Dame Anne Evans.
Recent and future engagements include Isolde, Tristan und Isolde for the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Rome, Turin, Karlsruhe, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and Grange Park Opera as well as in concert with the Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra, the title role in Elektra for Basel and Karlsruhe, Salome in Hannover, Brünnhilde, Die Walküre, in a new production for ENO, Brünnhilde, Siegfried in concert with the Hallé (recently released on CD), Brünnhilde, Götterdämmerung in Taiwan, Jenufa, A Midsummer Marriage in concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Fidelio for Lithuanian National Opera, Guinevere Gawain for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth for Karlsruhe and NI Opera, and Eva, Die Meistersinger for Karlsruhe and ENO.
She is also in demand as a concert artist and has worked with orchestras throughout Europe and the Far East and in recital at venues including Wigmore Hall, London. Recordings include Siegfried, Elgar’s The Spirit of England with the Hallé, a wide repertoire with Bach Collegium Japan and Tippett’ Third Symphony for Chandos.
Rachel has combined her performing with teaching singing throughout her career. She particularly enjoys working with and mentoring young singers and is a regular coach at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at the National Opera Studio.