RACHEL STERRENBERG, soprano, is a native of "America's favorite small town" Madison, Georgia. Her most recent performances have been hailed as having "admirable dynamic control" with "perfect diction and soft smiling tone" by Opera News and the Philadelphia Inquirer, respectively.
This season, Rachel presents her signature role of Chan Parker in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird with three new companies: Madison Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and English National Opera. Future seasons include role and house debuts with Opera Philadelphia, The Dallas Opera, and Madison Opera.
In the 2015-2016 season, Rachel joined Opera Philadelphia for a second year as an Emerging Artist. During her tenure, she performed Annina in their production of La Traviata and Sara in the highly anticipated East Coast Premiere of Jennifer Higdon and Gene Scheer's Cold Mountain. Ms. Sterrenberg gave her debut performance of Carmina Burana with the Reading Choral Society, and appeared with the Aizuri Quartet.
In the 2014-15 season, Ms. Sterrenberg was named an inaugural Emerging Artist with Opera Philadelphia. She made her professional debut with the company in the World Premiere of Schnyder and Wimberly's Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD as Chan Parker, wife of Charlie Parker(sung by Lawrence Brownlee). Rachel also appeared with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Curtis Chamber Orchestra under the batons of Jacques Lacombe and Robert Spano, respectively. She then spent her summer with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist.
Sterrenberg was featured in lead soprano roles with the Curtis Institute Opera Theatre including the title role in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, Anne Trulove in The Rake's Progress, Adina in L'elisir d'amore, Blanche de la Force inDialogues des Carmélites, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Mrs. Coyle in Owen Wingrave, and Armida in Rinaldo. Other roles during her tenure at the Curtis Institute: Contessa Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the complete workshop of the role of Ada Monroe in Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon's premier opera, Cold Mountain, which is commissioned by Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and Minnesota Opera.
Other credits include La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Mary Warren (The Crucible), and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with the Chautauqua Music Festival. While attending the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate degree, Rachel appeared as the First Lady (The Magic Flute), Musetta (La Bohème), and the title role in Gounod'sRoméo et Juliette.
In 2014, Sterrenberg was awarded second place in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions after winning in the Philadelphia District. Rachel is a first place recipient of the Alltech Undergraduate Vocal Scholarship, the Peterson Vocal Competition, and the Strauss Award in the Orpheus National Vocal Competition. Other notable awards include being a winner of the Kentucky District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Encouragement Award for the 2012 MONC Mid-South Regional competition. Rachel is most recently a recipient of the prestigious Shoshanna Foundation Grant.
Rachel Sterrenberg currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Kentucky and her Master's Degree in Opera at the Curtis Institute of Music.