BiographyMezzo-soprano Rachel Frenkel is a regular guest of international opera and concert 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.
Most recently, she appeared as Komponist/Ariadne auf Naxos at La Scala in Milan, Olga/Eugene Onegin and Isabella/Italiana in Algeri at Israeli Opera, as Idamante/Idomeneo with the Balthasar Neumann Ensembles and Thomas Hengelbrock at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and performed Beethoven‘s Missa Solemnis with Concerto Köln and Kent Nagano.
Engagements in 2022-23 include her house debut at the Opera national de Paris as Cherubino, Bernstein’s Symphony no 1 with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Omer Meir Wellber, Berlioz Les nuits d´été with the Jerusalem Symphony and works by Robert Schumann with Choeur Accentus in Paris and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie.
A former ensemble member of Staatsoper Wien, she has appeared there 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, Idamante in Idomeneo, in the lead role of Lea in the world premiere of Johannes Maria Staud’s opera Die Weiden, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and, most recently, as Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in a new production by Irina Brook, conducted by Simone Young.
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 Beethoven’s Mass in C with the BBC Philharmonic under Omer Meir Wellber, 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 and the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle with the Flemish Radio Choir and Hervé Niquet at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Mahler’s Rückert- Lieder with the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra 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.
Ms Frenkel graduated at the Buchmann- Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv and participated in the New Israeli Opera Young Artist Program. She is a former studio member of the Staatsoper Berlin, where she performed roles such as Mercédès, Flora/La traviata, Siebel, Cherubino, Dorabella, Milli in Der Ferne Klang and Zaide/Il turco in Italia.
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