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A former member of the opera studio at Staatsoper Berlin, young mezzo-soprano Rachel Frenkel is increasingly in demand on the international stages, especially as an interpreter of Mozart and Rossini. She has performed her signature-role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, conducted by Ivor Bolton, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, the Edinburgh International Festival and Mostly Mozart Festival New York with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer, at the Wiener Staatsoper and at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Elsewhere, she has performed Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte at the Semperoper Dresden, Idamante in Idomeneo at the Opéra de Lille, conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm, Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera, conducted by Robin Ticciati, at Glyndebourne Festival, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Staatsoper Berlin, under Daniel Barenboim, the Semperoper Dresden and the Staatsoper Wien, where she has also sung Angelina in La Cenerentola, Fenena in Nabucco and most recently Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung and Oktavian in Der Rosenkavalier.

Other recent hightlights include Nicklausse in Stefan Herheim’s production of Les contes d'Hoffmann at the Bregenzer Festspiele, Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos at Staatsoper Hamburg, and Mercédès in Carmen at the Osterfestspiele Salzburg, with Sir Simon Rattle. She gave her debut at the Salzburger Festspiele as Stimme des Falken in Die Frau ohne Schatten and at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden as Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos, both under the baton of Christian Thielemann.

As a member of the opera studio at Staatsoper Berlin Ms Frenkel performed Mercédès in Carmen, Flora in La Traviata, Siebel in Gounod’s Faust, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Milli in Der Ferne Klang and Zaida in Rossini’s Il turco in Italia.

In concert, she has sung Bach's Magnificat with the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Ton Koopman, Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater with Camerata Salzburg, Bernstein's Symphony no 1 with the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle with the Flemish Radio Choir and Hervé Niquet at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Mozart Requiem with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and Mahler's Rückert Lieder with the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra in Osaka. She has also appeared with all major Israeli orchestras in a variety of repertoire from the baroque to the 20th century, including Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2016/17 season, Ms Frenkel will join the ensemble of Staatsoper Wien, with roles including Ruggiero in Alcina, conducted by Marc Minkowski, and perform Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony with the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich, Mozart’s Requiem with the Orchestra National de Lyon and Mallika in Delibes’ Lakmé with the BR Radiophilharmonic Munich.

Ms Frenkel graduated at the Buchmann- Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv and participated in the New Israeli Opera Young Artist Program, where she performed the roles of Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel and Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Tel Aviv University and The America-Israel Sharet Artists Foundation.

RACHEL FRENKEL: W.A. Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro, as Cherubino

RACHEL FRENKEL: J. Offenbach, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Violin Aria

RACHEL FRENKEL: J. Offenbach, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Une poupèe aux yeux d'èmai

RACHEL FRENKEL: B. Godard, Dante, Scene et Romance (Gemma)

RACHEL FRENKEL: J. Haydn, Arianna a Naxos, A che morir vorrei

RACHEL FRENKEL: W.A. Mozart, La Clemenza di Tito, Parto, Parto

RACHEL FRENKEL: J. Massenet, Werther, Letter scene

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RACHEL FRENKEL: G. Rossini, Stabat mater, Fac, ut portem

"The trouser role of Cherubino has its challenges, and Rachel Frenkel met them effortlessly with her engaging mezzo soprano. “Voi che sapete” embodied all the emotion and impulsiveness the character should have, and Frenkel bent the phrases nicely to bring out the text. At the same time, she brought a welcome physicality to the role."
Seen and Heard International, Lyric Opera of Chicago - Le Nozze di Figaro, September 2015

“Rachel Frenkel’s warm-toned mezzo and confident presence showed why her Cherubino is already much praised”.

Music OMH, about the role of Ramiro in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera at the Glyndebourne Festival, June 2014
“Einzig Rachel Frenkel in der Hosenrolle des Ramiro vermochte ihren Part mit würdiger und glaubhaften Indivitualität auszustatten und erbrachte mit ihren Mezzosopran auch stimmlich die erfreutlichste Leistungs des Abends."
Opernwelt, about the role of Ramiro in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera at the Glyndebourne Festival, August 2014

Rachel Frenkel

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