Rachel Davies, mezz0-soprano, is pursuing a Masters in Opera Performance from Longy School of Music at Bard College in Cambridge, MA, where she studies Jeffrey Gavett and formerly with Robert Honeysucker. Recent credits include Dame Ragonde in Le Comte Ory with Lowell House Opera, Madame Flora in The Medium, Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito as part of an immersive opera production with Promenade Opera Project (a company she co-founded and serves as Artistic Director), Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking with Miami Music Festival, Nicklausse/The Voice in Les Contes d'Hoffman with Longy School of Music, Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos with Lowell House Opera, and Juditha (cover) in Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans with Eudaimonia Music. While at Longy 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 others. Rachel is active in the Boston 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.
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. A skilled interpreter, both musical and literary, she is committed to creating performances that invite people to the conversations about the Truth through thoughtful and honest story-telling.