As a lyric 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, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, La Infermiera in Suor Angelica, Jenny in Sondheim’s Company and Sparrow in Brundibar. She is an active performer and director in New England. 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.