Rachele Gilmore Biography


Rachele GilmoreRachele Gilmore has established herself as one of America’s most sought after coloratura sopranos, and continues to thrill audiences around the globe combining what Opera News describes as a “silvery soprano..with an effortlessness that thrills her audience.”  She is regular performer in America, Europe, and Asia and is consistently praised for being “the vocal standout” and a dynamic actress; “displaying more talent and charm than any one person should be allowed to possess.”

Rachele Gilmore’s 2015-2016 season includes performances of Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Theâtre Champs-Elysées, and returns to Boston Lyric Opera as Sophie in Werther, and the Glimmerglass Festival as Ninetta in La gazza ladra. Future seasons include appearances with Hawaii Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Austin Opera.

The 2014-2015 season featured a reprisal of the role of Alice in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she debuted with Opera Omaha as Gilda in Rigoletto, NCPA Beijing as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, and closed the season as Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail in a debut with Festival d’Aix en Provence.

The 2012-2013 season brought Ms. Gilmore’s role debut as the Queen of the Night in Opera Philadelphia’s production of Die Zauberflöte and highly acclaimed performances as Amina in La sonnambula with Florida Grand Opera.

During the 2011-2012 season, the soprano made her debut with Teatro alla Scala, as Olympia in Robert Carsen’s production of Les contes d’Hoffmann; sang Blonde in Die entführung aus dem Serail with Grand Théâtre Genève, bowed as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opéra de Vichy, reprised the roles of Das Feur and Die Nachtigall with the Bayerische Staatsoper, and sang her first performances of Cunegonde in Candide with Portland Opera. Ms. Gilmore has also sung the roles of The Fire and The Nightingale in L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, led by Kent Nagano,  Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani with Knoxville Opera, and took the stage as Gilda in Rigoletto with Michigan Opera Theater.

Most noteable in 2009, Ms. Gilmore made a “show-stopping” debut with the Metropolitan Opera in the role of Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffman, according the Classical Source.  “She brought down the house with her flawless coloratura,” solidifying her position as one of the most exciting young coloraturas to watch.  Ms. Gilmore began the 2009-2010 season as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Indianapolis Opera, and performed this role later in the season for Boston Lyric Opera. In February of 2010, Ms. Gilmore made her house and role debut at Knoxville Opera in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor. In the spring, she sang the title role in the groundbreaking Swiss premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland with Grand Théâtre de Genève.

Other notable appearances included: her European debut with Deutsch Oper am Rhein, singing Blondchen in Die entführung aus dem Serial, a return to Toledo for Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with the Toledo Symphony, Adele in Die Fledermaus with Opera New Jersey, her debut with Opera Hong Kong for a series of Opera Gala Concerts, and two Carnegie Hall appearances performing Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.

Rachele is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and received her Bachelor’s of Music form Indiana University and continued with Graduate studies at Boston University.  She was a member the Young Artist Programs of Glimmerglass Opera, Florida Grand Opera and Aspen Music Festival’s Opera Center, and was a winner in Placid Domingo’s Operalia World Opera Contest in Paris.