A New England native, soprano Rachael Braunstein is at home on both the recital and opera stages. From curating a harp and voice set for a Brooklyn rave party, to cadenza duels with Opera on Tap in Manhattan, to collaborating with young chamber groups - she is constantly looking for new and interesting ways to be a human and singer.
Engagements in 2018 include the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, an American art song intensive held in Potsdam, New York. Rachael will then be returning to Chautauqua Opera for a second summer as an Apprentice Artist to sing Paquette in Candide.
In the 2016- 2017 season, Rachael endeavored her first soprano role covering Agathe in Der Freischütz as a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist with Virginia Opera.
As a mezzo-soprano, past engagements include Flora in La Traviata and Pitti-Sing in The Mikado with Chautauqua Opera as an Apprentice during the 2016 season. Opera in the Park concerts and Educational Tours with Virginia Opera during the 2015-2016 season. The Witch and Mother in Humperdink’s Hänsel und Gretel with Opera Pomme Rouge and the Kennedy Center Children’s Outreach in conjunction with the Cherry Blossom Festival. Mrs. Ten Brock in Jerome Kern’s Sally with Light Opera of New York, a revival of the score and a recording made with Albany Records. Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Charlottesville Opera Young Artist Program (previously Ash Lawn Opera) during the 2015 season. Mrs. Ott in Floyd’s Susannah at Seagle Music Colony, Flora in La Traviata with New York Opera Exchange, Anna Hope in Virgil Thompson’s The Mother of Us All with Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater.
Favorite concert credits include performances with Joan Tower’s Music Alive! series, and Sur la route performances with Orford Academy of the Arts in Québec.
Braunstein was a Vocal Arts Fellow at Bard College Conservatory, holds a Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from University of Southern Maine.