Rachel Duckett

Rachel is a British soprano of Jamaican heritage and recent winner of the Sir Willard White Trophy grand prize of the Voice of Black Opera competition. Subsequently, she made her BBC Radio 3 debut with a live broadcast of the arias, “Caro nome” and Lakmé’s “Bell Song”. Soon after she was selected to play the soprano roles in Peter Brathwaite’s ground-breaking project Insurrection: A Work in Progress at the Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre.

Rachel became a prize winner at several other competitions last year, including, the Grand Prix de la Voix du Centre d’Art Lyrique de la Méditerranée, where she won First Prize as well as the Audience Prize, and the 14th Concours International de la Mélodie de Gordes, where she was a recipient of three prizes. She became the first recipient of the Prix des Amis des Voix des Outre-Mer Christiane Eda-Pierre awarded by the Voix des Outre-mers, with whom she performed Olympia The Tales of Hoffmann in the Réunion Island in February. 

 Having made her Opéra de Nice Côte d’Azur debut in 2020 as Beketaten in Lucinda Childs’ award winning production of Akhnaten (P. Glass), Rachel was soon invited back to perform the roles, Fire and Water at the world premiere of Babel (Monterisi/Thomas) in June 2022, and Nanetta Falstaff in the Réunion Famille Gala in anticipation of Opéra de Nice’s 2022/23 season.

Rachel is currently preparing the role of Lakmé for a concert version with the Centre de l’Art Lyrique de la Méditerranée later in the year. 

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