Rachel Davies, North Texas mezz0-soprano and 2019 Semifinalist in Classical Singer Magazine’s National Vocal Competition, is a skilled interpreter of works both musical and literary. As a performer, a teacher, and the Co-Founder & Artistic Director of the immersive and innovative Promenade Opera Project, she is committed to creating performances that invite people to the conversations about the Truth through thoughtful and honest story-telling. She is an active performer in North Texas and the Northeast and studies with Jeffrey Gavett.
Rachel believes that music and specifically opera are the perfect response to Emily Dickinson’s exhortation to “Tell all the Truth, but tell it slant.” Music and stories are about as close as we come to universally human arts. She believes that this is because at their best, they are not direct, but rather “slant”. As such, both can invite anyone to conversations about truths that might otherwise be too difficult or too bright to engage directly.
Recent professional credits include Alcina cover in Alcina with Comet Opera, Prince Charmant in Cendrillon and Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito as part of immersive operas with Promenade Opera Project, Dame Ragonde in Le Comte Ory and Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos with Lowell House Opera, Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking with Miami Music Festival, and Juditha (cover) in Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans with Eudaimonia Music.
While at Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she received her Masters in Music in Operatic performance, she undertook Madame Flora in The Medium, and Nicklausse/The Voice in Les Contes d'Hoffman. She has also enjoyed performing the partial roles of Dorabella (Cosí fan tutte), Carmen (Carmen), Jo March (Little Women), Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Hänsel (Hänsel and Gretel), Ma Moss (The Tender Land), and Mother (The Consul), among assorted musical theatre roles. Rachel is active in the DFW music community and has recently sung , and Chorus in Apollo et Hyacinthus with Emmanuel Music, as well as the Musical Theatre group American Classics.
She graduated Magna cum laude from University of Dallas in Irving, TX with an Bachelor's in English Literature with honors and a Concentration in Vocal Performance. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In her time at the University of Dallas, she studied with Marilyn Walker, and performed the roles of Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Dido in Dido and Aeneas, as well as Laurey in Oklahoma!, Guenevere in Camelot, and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.
Ms. Davies has participated in master classes with Jamie Barton, Stephen Salters, Sandra Piques Eddy, Caren Levine, Christine Brewer, Anthony Manoli, Manny Perez, Noblezza Pilar, Louis Berkot, Paul Brust, Jane Struss, and Stephanie C. Braun. She is an experienced soloist in concert repertoire, opera, choral music, musical theater, and the American Songbook. She is also committed to education and has taught music history, voice, drama, and English at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Bryan, TX and at Founder's Classical Academy of Mesquite, TX.
She is available for lessons and consultations by appointment.