Canadian soprano Rachel Ross is currently pursuing their Bachelor of Music at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music under esteemed professor Lorraine Manz. Their work is diverse and eclectic both on and off the operatic stage. They have excelled in contemporary music projects such as a staged version of Philip Glass’ Songs from Liquid Days (Oberlin Opera Theatre, 2017) and singing with Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble under the baton of Timothy Weiss. In May 2017 along with Oberlin’s CME, they were invited to Brooklyn, New York for Bang On A Can’s 30th Anniversary Marathon Concert, where they performed De Staat by Louis Andriessen and the premiere of No Anthem by Michael Gordon.
Previous operatic engagements include the role of Anna I in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins (Oberlin Opera Theatre, 2018), the roles of Woodsprite I and Kitchenboy in Dvořak’s Rusalka (Toronto Summer Opera Workshop, 2018), and the choruses of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Oberlin Opera Theatre, 2017) and Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer (Calgary Opera, 2014).
Born and raised in Calgary, Rachel sang with the internationally acclaimed Cantaré Children’s Choir for twelve years and was hand selected to sing in the Alberta Youth Choir for two years in a row. Their love for ensemble work has fuelled recent studies in conducting. Along with choral music, Rachel has a passion for Lieder and the German language. In June 2017 they travelled to Vienna, Austria to participate in Westminster Choir College’s Language of Lieder program, where they studied the lieder of Schubert, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Josephine Lang. In addition to singing, Rachel is an accomplished pianist, having studied since the age of five.