RACHEL FRENKEL
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An ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper, 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.

At Staatsoper Wien she has appeared as Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Fenena in Nabucco, Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, Siébel in Faust, Ascanio in Les Troyens, Ruggiero in Alcina, conducted by Marc Minkowski, and, most recently, as Idamante in Idomeneo and in the lead role of Lea in the world premiere of Johannes Maria Staud’s opera Die Weiden, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher.

Other recent highlights include her house debut as Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito at Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte at Semperoper Dresden, Idamante at 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 Staatsoper Berlin, under Daniel Barenboim, and Semperoper Dresden, 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. With Christian Thielemann, she performed as Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and Stimme des Falken in Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Salzburger Festspiele.

In concert, she has sung Bernstein’s Songfest with the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, 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, Mahler's Rückert Lieder with the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra in Osaka, Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony with the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich and Mallika in Delibes’ Lakmé with the BR Rundfunkorchester Munich. 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 2019/20, Ms Frenkel returns to the Wiener Staatsoper for her role debut as Hermia in a new production by Irina Brook of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, conducted by Simone Young, and to reprise the roles of Cherubino and Lea. In concert, she will perform Beethoven’s Mass in C with the BBC Philharmonic under Omer Meir Wellber, the Missa Solemnis with Concerto Köln under Kent Nagano, Mahler’s Symphony no 8 with Ingo Metzmacher and the NDR Radiophilharmonie and Isolier in a concert performance of Rossini’s Le Comte d’Ory with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester.

Ms Frenkel is a former studio member of the Staatsoper Berlin, where her roles included 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.

She graduated at the Buchmann- Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv and participated in the New Israeli Opera Young Artist Program. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Tel Aviv University and The America-Israel Sharet Artists Foundation.
 
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J. Offenbach - Les Contes D'Hoffmann (Bregenzer Festspiele 2015, DVD)

Wiener Symphoniker
Johannes Debus, cond
Stefan Herheim, director
with Kerstin Avemo, Mandy Fredrich, Rachel Frenkel, Daniel Johansson, et al.
 

Benjamin Godard: Dante

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Ulf Schirmer, cond
with Edgaras Montvidas, Veronique Gens, Rachel Frenkel, Andrew Foster-Williams, Diana Axentii, Andrew Lepri Meyer
Singulares (7759759)

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

Live recording

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

"Rachel Frenkel in der Hosenrolle des Idamante zeigt eine weitere Facette ihres breiten Spektrums [...] Mit ihrem ausdrucksstarken Mezzosopran gelingt ihr die [...] koloraturreiche große Szene „Non temer“ vorzüglich."
online-merker, W.A. Mozart, Idomeneo - Wiener Staatsoper, February 2019
"[...] die großartige Rachel Frenkel. Sie [...] haucht [...] der abziehbildhaften Hauptfigur mit ihrer warmen und leuchtenden Stimme erstaunlich viel Leben ein."
br-klassik.de, J.M. Staud, Die Weiden (world premiere) - Staatsoper Wien, December 2018
"Lea, die Rachel Frenkel mit ihrem farbenreichen, aber immer beweglichen und leichten Mezzosopran zum emotionalen Zentrum der Oper macht[...]"
nmz.de, J.M. Staud, Die Weiden (world premiere) - Staatsoper Wien , December 2018
"Rachel Frenkel, mezzo-soprano israélienne, sait en incarner la fougue, l'émotion et le lyrisme, les tempêtes qui l’assaillent au fil du rôle, avec un magistral "Parto", au début puis un fantastique "Deh per questo istante solo" à la fin. Le public toulousain (connaisseur en belles voix) ne s’y trompe pas et lui réserve une ovation lors des saluts."
Olyrix.com, W.A. Mozart, La Clemenza di Tito - Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, June 2018
"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, W.A. Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro - Lyric Opera of Chicago, September 2015
"Die Sänger spielen auch alle mit Hingabe[...] Rachel Frenkel ist hier geradezu ideal als Muse und Nicklausse."
kurier.at, Bregenzer Festspiele - Les contes d'Hoffmann, August 2015
“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, Glyndebourne Festival - La finta giardiniera, August 2014
“Rachel Frenkel’s warm-toned mezzo and confident presence showed why her Cherubino is already much praised”.
Music OMH, Glyndbourne Festival - La finta giardiniera, June 2014

Rachel Frenkel

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Rachel Frenkel

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