As répétiteur, Rachel has most recently worked with The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as well as Opera Kristiansund and Opera Nordfjord in Norway. She has also worked with British opera companies such as Diva Opera, Opera Della Luna and London Opera Players; with repertoire including La Fille du Regiment, The Barber of Seville, L’Italiana in Algeri, La Boheme, Fidelio, Tosca, Turandot and various operas by Mozart and Britten.
Rachel has been a regular accompanist for the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation and is a guest tutor and accompanist at the New Zealand International Singing School. She has performed in leading venues including London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. John’s Smith Square and St. Martin-in-the-Fields and has had several works written for her, including Anthony Ritchie’s song cycle Words are my Notes for mezzosoprano, viola and piano.
Rachel works regularly with Norwegian director Erlend Samnøen and together they have created two highly successful opera productions – Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Händel’s Orlando – which were presented at the Åmot Opera Festival in Norway. As Musical Director and harpsichordist, she directed international casts of singers and instrumentalists.
Rachel has been involved with a number of unique creative projects that showcase her theatrical skills as well as her keyboard artistry. She has enjoyed acting in various European languages in productions such as Take off Opera, Monster Opera, Fjos Opera, Susanna fra Sunnfjord and Songs and Secrets.An accomplished cellist, Rachel studied with Dr Alexander Ivashkin. As both cellist and pianist, Rachel has performed extensively from the chamber music repertoire and is a member of The Ravenscourt Piano Trio.
Rachel received her Masters in Piano Accompaniment from the Royal Academy of Music. She previously studied at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand with Diedre Irons, graduating with first class honours in piano performance.