Dr. Rachel Copeland

R. SkibaRachel Copeland, Lyric Coloratura, continues to receive acclaim as a thriving young artist combining her crystalline voice with her compelling and energetic stage presence.  Ms. Copeland recently debuted at Avery Fisher Hall as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass to rave reviews. Recent and current seasons also hold debuts with the Helena Symphony Orchestra in Helena, MT, Asheville Lyric Opera, Cleveland Opera Theater, Wilmington Opera, Choral Society of Durham, NC, and repeat engagements with numerous national companies. Ms. Copeland debuted in 2013 with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra in a concert of arias and duets with the highly acclaimed 2012 Operalia winner, Anthony Roth Costanzo. The season continued with multiple North Carolina recitals and performances, notably with the East Carolina University Symphony as the soprano soloist in Hadyn’s “Lord Nelson’s Mass” as well as a role debut as Lauretta in Puccini’s most beloved Gianni Schicchi.

Other career highlights include Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, Frasquita and Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen with San Diego, Indianapolis and North Carolina Operas, the title role of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor with Cleveland and New Jersey Operas, Juliette in Gonoud’s Romeo et Juliette with San Diego Opera, Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore in Cortona, Italy, Musetta with DuPage Opera and Opera per Tutti, and Zdenka in Strauss’s Arabella with Indiana University Opera Theater.

Dr. Copeland is currently on the faculty of East Carolina University School of Music where she teaches voice and is the Associate Director for Graduate Studies. She is active in teaching nation-wide master classes. She also is the Operations Manager for Oberlin in Italy, Oberlin Conservatory of Music’s prestigious summer program in Arezzo, Italy. While at Indiana University, she studied with Distinguished Professor of Music Timothy Noble. She continues to work with Daune Mahy and coaches with Carol Vaness. She has also studied various roles under the guidance of Martina Arroyo and Patricia Wise.

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