As a lyric coloratura soprano equally comfortable on concert, opera and theater stages, Rachel Hanauer's favorite roles include Elle in La voix humaine, Contessa di Folleville in Il viaggio a Reims, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, La Infermiera in Suor Angelica, Jenny in Sondheim’s Company and Sparrow in Brundibar. She is an active performer, vocal music educator and director in New England.
As a director: In the past couple years she has directed The Diary of Anne Frank and Alice in Wonderlandat The Arctic Playhouse in West Warwick, RI, where she also is Chair of the Education Committee. As a college professor, she directed Brundibarby Hans Krasa (A Holocaust Memorial Performance) with the CCRI Opera Workshop and has directed the Providence College Opera Workshop in scenes and arias by Gilbert and Sullivan and Stephen Sondheim. She also produced and directed Who’s Calling: Three One-Act Operas at the Contemporary Theater Company as part of their Springboard Season in 2019. She created, directed and performed in a Motif award-nominated cabaret show called I Love..What’s His Name? at The Arctic Playhouse.
As a performer: An accomplished actor, musical theater and opera performer, Rachel recently performed roles such as Elle in the one-woman opera La voix humaine, Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Linda in Play it Again, Sam. In the past 10 years she has performed in Italy, Latvia, Estonia and Finland, with the First Coast Opera and Jacksonville Symphony in Florida, and all over New England. She sings as a member of Collegium Ancora, the chamber choir in residence at Grace Church in Providence, and Cantorum Vigilae of St. Mary’s Church in Newport, RI. A voice professor at CCRI and Roger Williams University, Rachel also teaches voice at St. George’s School, where she directs the male a cappella group. She holds her Master of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and Bachelor of Music from UMass Amherst. Rachel is excited to direct and collaborate with the Newport Children’s Theater this summer!
She creates, directs and performs in cabaret review shows for her own group, the Newport Arts Collaborative, The Arctic Playhouse in W. Warwick, RI and Common Fence Point Arts Center in Portsmouth, RI. She sings as a member and soloist of Ecclesia Consort under the direction of Pierre Masse and Cantorum Vigilae directed by Cody Mead at St. Mary's Church in Newport. She also recently sang as soloist for St. John's Church and The Choir School of Newport County, most recently performing the soprano solos in the Rutter Requiem and Mozart's Coronation Mass.
In 2014-2015, 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 is an active music educator of voice, music theory and music history in New England. She currently teaches at Community College of Rhode Island, where she teaches a studio of private voice students, voice class, Introduction to Music (music history). She most notably directs the Opera Workshop, which will perform Hans Krasa's Brundibar and Lori Laitman's I Never Saw Another Butterfly in a Holocaust Memorial performance this April. She also teaches at St. Georges School as the Voice Instructor and Hilltoppers director (the male-identifying a cappella group). She is a member of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
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. 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.
Who am I other than a musician?:
A Native New Englander, Rachel grew up in a small town in central Massachusetts. Growing up, she spent her time playing soccer, hiking, camping, skiing, playing flute and writing poetry in the woods like her favorite poet, Amherst-born Robert Frost. She took dance classes and performed on stage and in the pit orchestras for local theater productions. While at UMass Amherst, she fittingly lived across the street from the Emily Dickinson homestead. She enjoys yoga, specifically Sivananda, explores sustainable and organic living and eating, German and Italian languages and a love a travel.
Rachel Hanauer (Stage Director) isa soprano, director and vocal music educator in RI. www.rachelhanauer.com