A versatile performer, soprano, Rachel Elezi made her professional debut at the Cleveland Playhouse, singing and playing the violin in Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
This season, Ms. Elezi looks forward to many exciting engagements. Highlights include her return to Lincoln Center as a soloist on a concert of female composers. She will return to Germany for engagements at the Festpiele Mecklenberg Vorpommern and Vöhrumhaus No. 5 Chamber Music Series. She will make her role debut as Clorinda in Geneva Light Opera's production of Rossini's La Cenerentola in 2020.
The 2018-2019 season marked several debuts for Ms. Elezi. She was delighted to make her Lincoln Center debut in New York City at The Bruno Walter Auditorium alongside Millennium Chamber Symphony. She was the featured soloist on their Leonard Bernstein Centennial Concert, Lenny @ 100, in conjunction with the exhibition collection curated by the LA Grammy Museum. Ms. Elezi also made concert debuts across Europe where she was first heard as a soloist at the Sugrįžimai 2018 International Music Festival in Vilnius, Lithuania, followed by a series of concerts throughout some of the country's most well-known museums and castles. Ms. Elezi then made her German debut in the city of Hamburg where she was as a featured soloist at the Bergedorfer Sommerfestival/Musiktage, singing on their Mozart Gala.
In 2018, Ms. Elezi sang at the Boston Early Music Festival in Selva encantada de amor (Durón), a rarely performed Baroque Zarzuela. In the fall of 2016, she joined Center for Contemporary Opera (CCO), covering the role of Mrs. Fairfax in Louis Karchin’s premier of his opera, Jane Eyre. She can also be heard on the original cast recording on Naxos Records, which was released in 2019. In 2015 she made her Russian role debut singing Tamara in the Philadelphia premier of Anton Rubinstein’s The Demon. Other select opera roles include Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), Sandmann (Hänsel und Gretel), and Calisto (Daphnis et Chloé). A frequent performer of new music, she has performed with the Center for Contemporary Opera in their atelier of News from Poems (Susan Kander) and has covered lead roles in Four Sisters (Elena Langer) and Anon (Errollyn Wallen).
Rachel has also had the privilege of premiering new chamber works by composers Denise Mei Yan Hofmann and Wendy Griffiths at the annual Music Under Construction concert in NYC In 2018, she debuted new excerpts from Wendy Griffinth's opera, The Crimson Sand, which she had previously originated roles for in 2016. Ms. Elezi also has a passion for Early Music, joining the New York Continuo Collective from 2015-17, singing on several of their concert series.
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 also a classically trained violinist.