Rachel Priest, soprano, performs throughout the Kansas City metro area with local opera companies, summer/YAP programs and ensembles. She is a versatile singer focused on the dramatic roles of Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and Massenet but also stays busy as both soloist and choir member singing sacred oratorio and Masterworks in local concerts and recital series.
Rachel has many years of stage experience and opera credits include Landlocked Opera, Lawrence Opera Theater, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera in the Ozarks, Opera Kansas, Civic Opera of Kansas City and The Boston Lyric Opera. Some of her performances include roles in Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Tosca, Don Giovanni, Così fan Tutte, Marriage of Figaro and Die Zauberflöte. Roles sung in French include characters in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, Bizet’s Carmen, Massenet’s Manon. Rachel has also sung Rosalinda in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus in both German and English.
Rachel started her tutelage with Radio France soprano Mme. Mireille Patrois while studying in Angers, France and then received her bachelor’s degrees in both Vocal Performance and French Literature and History from Wichita State University. While pursuing her Master’s in Music at the New England Conservatory in Boston she studied with lyric soprano Patricia Craig, and later with soprano Dr. Anne DeLaunay at UMKC.