As a light coloratura soprano equally comfortable on concert, opera and theater stages, Rachel Hanauer's credits include Contessa di Folleville in Il viaggio a Reims, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Adele in Die Fledermaus, La Infermiera in Suor Angelica, Jenny in Sondheim’s Company and Sparrow in Brundibar. Most recently, she appeared with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and First Coast Opera in Florida and participated in OperaWorks on the Singing-Actor track. While living in Jacksonville, Rachel frequented as a soloist and chorister at St. John's Cathedral and was the soprano soloist in their performance of Handel's Messiah. In 2012, she covered the soprano solo in the Poulenc Gloria and had the opportunity to sing it with the Chicago Youth Symphony in Chicago Symphony Hall with the CCPA Chorus.
Rachel received her Master's degree in Vocal Performance at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. While in Chicago she also performed moving visual artwork with Opera-Matic and was a section leader and soloist for the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest. In 2014, she was a soloist in concerts with the First Presbyterian of Lake Forest choir in Latvia, Estonia and Finland. She is a native New England-er and graduated from UMass Amherst with her Bachelor's in Music (Vocal Performance) in 2012.
In 2012, she was the recipient of the Kathleen Life Corbett Apprenticeship at the Berkshire Choral Festival where she sang in several choral masterworks, gave recitals and covered concert solos. She has also participated in the Grant Park Festival Chorus, Cambridge Summer Opera, The Professional Advantage in Mercatello sul Metauro, Italy, and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival singing opera scenes from Hansel and Gretel, Don Pasquale, Cosí fan tutte, Idomeneo, Carmen and more.
Rachel currently teaches and performs in the New England area. She teaches private voice at St. George's School and from her private studio in Middletown, RI and is a music theory teacher for The Choir School of Newport County. Also a straight play actor, she has recently appeared at the Newport Playhouse as P.B. in Lewis Black's comedy One Slight Hitch, as Linda in Woody Allen's Play it Again, Sam, and at the Arctic Playhouse in Einstein and the Polar Bear. She is member of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.