Rachel Duckett

Rachel Duckett is a soprano of British and Jamaican heritage from London; based between Paris, Nice and London, and praised for her “impressive technique” (THE GUARDIAN) and “crystalline voice” (PRO OPERA).

In 2022 she garnered multiple prizes from several competitions including: The Voice of Black Opera Competition with the “Sir Willard White Trophy” Grand Prize, the Grand Prix de la Voix du Centre d’Art Lyrique de la Méditerranée, with the “Grand Prize” as well as the “Audience Prize”; the Concours International de la Mélodie de Gordes, receiving several prizes; and the Concours Voix des Outre-mers where she became the first recipient of the novel “Christiane Eda-Pierre Amis des Voix des Outre-Mer” prize.

Previous performed roles include: Lakmé Lakmé, Olympia Tales of Hoffmann, Hyacinth Women of the Windrush (Dr Shirley J. Thompson), Beketaten Akhnaten, La Fée Cendrillon (P. Viardot), Adele Die Fledermaus, Queen of the Night Die Zauberflöte, Elisetta Il Matrimonio Segreto, Violetta (cover) La Traviata, Serpina La Serva Padrona, Nanetta (cover) Falstaff and Cupid Venus and Adonis

As a composer Rachel was commissioned to write 1948 Windrush: “Get your coat, a lot water” commemorating 70 years since the ship docked in Tilbury, England, 22 days after leaving Kingston, Jamaica. The piece premiered in Kings Place, London, as part of the “Women of the Windrush” event curated by Shirley Thompson and was subsequently performed again at the Bernie Grant Arts Center the following year. 

Rachel is currently working on a music theatre piece surrounding the life of Chevalier de Saint-Georges and Solitude La Mulâtresse of Guadeloupe which, supported by the Arts Council England, will see its first R&D in April 2024.

In the coming months Rachel looks forward to debuting Scheherazade Sindbad (Moody) at the Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur, creating the soprano roles of Ed Hugues’ States of Innocence at the Brighton Festival and making her Royal Albert Hall solo debut with Classic FM.

“... impressive technique...”

Guardian

“...crystalline voice...”

Pro Opera

Career
highlights

Singing the soprano roles in Peter Brathwaite’s ground-breaking project Insurrection: A Work in Progress at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden last year;

Appearing as a guest performer with Olympia’s “Doll Song” at the Opéra Paris Bastille for the Concours Voix des Outre-Mers Finale;

Creating the Le Feu and L’Eau roles written specifically for her voice in the world premier of Babel (Monterisi/Thomas) at Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur in 2022.

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