Equally at home in opera and musical theater, soprano, Rachel Elezi has had the pleasure of engaging audiences across the United States and Europe. Recent engagements include her Off-Broadway debut in the Equity workshop of the new musical, The Little Match Girl, joining the Southern United States Tour of We’ll Meet Again: A New American Musical in the role of Hedwig Stern, and her debut as a concert soloist at the Anghiari Festival in Ischia, Italy.
Notable appearances include having made her Lincoln Center debut at The Bruno Walter Auditorium, featured as part of the Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration, Lenny @ 100, in conjunction with an exhibition collection curated by the LA Grammy Museum. In Germany she has sung with the Bergedorfer Sommerfestival/Musiktage, Festpiele Mecklenberg-Vorpommern, and Musik und Miteinander. In Lithuania, she has been heard at the Sugrįžimai International Music Festival and in Italy as a semi-finalist at the Concorso Lirico Internazionale Santa Gianna Beretta Molla (Associazione Culturale Giuseppe Verdi) in Milan, Italy.
Select opera roles include: Tamara (Anton Rubinstein’s The Demon), Clorinda (La Cenerentola), Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), Sandmann (Hänsel und Gretel), Medea (Cavalli’s Il Giasone), and covering roles in premiers for Center for Contemporary Opera in News from Poems (Susan Kander), Four Sisters (Elena Langer), Anon (Errollyn Wallen), and Jane Eyre (Louis Karchin), which lead to a feature on the Naxos Records original cast recording of the opera.
Ms. Elezi began her studies at Case Western Reserve University, receiving a BA in Music, as well as Classical Theatre. She holds a MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. She is a classically trained actor and violinist.