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Scottish soprano, Rachel McLean, is a Samling Artist and recently completed her postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under Wilma MacDougall, after graduating from the RCS with a first class Bachelor of Music under Margaret Izatt. 

 

Rachel thrives in recitals and won the Tony & Tania Webster Russian Song Prize with her duo partner Abhisri Chaudhuri, the Florence Veitch Ibler prize for oratorio performance, the Edith Brass Prize for Development in Lieder, and the Hugh S.Roberton Prize for Scottish Singing during her time at the RCS.

 

On the operatic stage, Rachel is thrilled to be returning to the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar as Countess Almaviva in their production of Le nozze di Figaro.  She has previously performed Donna Anna in their production of Don Giovanni in 2023, and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte in 2022.

In concert, she performed at Glasgow's RSNO Royal Coronation Concert alongside Jamie MacDougall, James McIntyre, Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, and RSNO chorus.  She was the soprano soloist in Haydn's Nelson Mass, performing with the Garleton Singers under Stephen Doughty.

Rachel has performed in Verdi's Nabucco and Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Dorset Opera Festival 2019.  She also performed the role of Youka in the RCS Opera production of Chabrier’s L’étoile.  Rachel has also performed many opera scenes including, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte, Arabella Arabella, Ilia IdomeneoRosalinde Die Fledermaus, Elettra Idomeneo, Vitellia La clemenza di Tito, and Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress.

 

As a choral singer, she was an avid member of the Les Sirènes Female Chamber Choir, and the Glasgow Youth Choir.  Also the National Youth Choir of Scotland, performing Haydn's The Creation, Berlioz's Lélio, ou Le retour à la vie, Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust, and was the soprano soloist in Jenkins' The Armed Man.

 

Rachel’s MMus studies were generously supported by the ABRSM.

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Opera

FULL ROLES

Chabrier

L'étoile - Youka 

Mozart

Don Giovanni - Donna Anna

Die Zauberflöte - Pamina

OPERA SCENES

Mozart 

Così fan tutte - Fiordiligi

Don Giovanni - Donna Anna

Don Giovanni - Donna Elvira

Idomeneo - Elettra

Idomeneo - Ilia

La clemenza di Tito - Vitellia

Strauss

Arabella - Arabella

Strauss II

Die Fledermaus - Rosalinde

Stravinsky

The Rake's Progress - Anne Trulove (English)

CHORUS

Chabrier

L'étoile

Donizetti

Lucia di Lammermoor

Mozart

Don Giovanni

Die Zauberflöte

Verdi

Nabucco

Oratorio/Concert - Soprano Soloist

Mozart - Requiem

Vivaldi - Gloria

Haydn - Nelson Mass

Song Cycles

Grieg - Sechs Lieder Op.48

Poulenc - Trois Poèmes de Louise de Vilmorin

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