biography

A recent graduate of the Opera Studio Nederland in Amsterdam, Canadian Mezzo-Soprano Rachel Wood's opera credits include performances in Canada, the United States, Italy, and the Netherlands. Most recently, Rachel performed the title role in the Opera Studio Nederland production of Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, the roles of La Natura and Endimione in Cavalli's La Calisto, and Penelope in Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria. Rachel is currently continuing her vocal studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and is a student of Mary Ann Hart. Rachel holds a Master of Music in Literature and Performance degree from the University of Western Ontario, where she studied with Dr. Sophie Roland.

During her studies at Indiana University, Rachel has performed the roles of Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Zita (Gianni Schicchi) and Alma March (Little Women). Other opera credits include Madame de Croissy (Dialogues des Carmélites), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), Dame Doleful in the Canadian premiere of Edwin Penhorwood's Too Many Sopranos, and Emma Jones (Street Scene).

As a recitalist, Rachel has given song and chamber music recitals with the Mountain View Connection concert series in Calgary, Alberta, where she was also a participant of the Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music. Rachel has performed in several recitals at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, with Encore Vocal Arts in Indianapolis, the Midday Music recital series in Barrie, Ontario, and Songfest recitals in Malibu, California. Rachel has also appeared as a soloist in concert performances in Ontario with the Aradia Ensemble and Peterborough Singers.