AZO Cast Members & Creatives
Rachele Gilmore has established herself as one of America’s most sought after coloratura sopranos, and continues to thrill audiences around the globe combining what Opera News describes as a “silvery soprano…with an effortlessness that thrills her audience.” A regular performer in America, Europe and Asia, Ms. Gilmore is consistently praised for being “the vocal standout” and a dynamic actress; “displaying more talent and charm than any one person should be allowed to possess.”
Rachele Gilmore’s 2015/16 season includes performances of Blondchen in The Abduction from the Seraglio with the Theâtre Champs-Elysées, and returns to Boston Lyric Opera as Sophie in Werther, and the Glimmerglass Festival as Ninetta in La gazza ladra. Future seasons include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hawaii Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Austin Opera.
The 2014/15 season featured a reprisal of the role of Alice in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she debuted with Opera Omaha as Gilda in Rigoletto, NCPA Beijing as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, and closed the season as Blondchen in The Abduction from the Seraglio in a debut with Festival d’Aix en Provence.
In the 2013/14 season, Ms. Gilmore’s engagements included the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor for her debut at Opéra de Lille; La Monnaie in Brussels for Ophélie in Hamlet; Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann with the Bayerische Staatsoper; Gilda in Rigoletto with Opera Colorado; and a return to the Glimmerglass Festival, as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos.
The 2012/13 season brought Ms. Gilmore’s role debut as the Queen of the Night in Opera Philadelphia’s production of The Magic Flute and highly acclaimed performances as Amina in La sonnambula with Florida Grand Opera.
During the 2011/12 season, the soprano made her debut with Teatro alla Scala, as Olympia in Robert Carsen’s production of The Tales of Hoffmann; sang Blonde in The Abduction from the Seraglio with Grand Théâtre Genève, bowed as Rosina in The Barber of Seville with Opéra de Vichy, reprised the roles of Das Feuer and Die Nachtigall in L’enfant et les sortileges with the Bayerische Staatsoper, and sang her first performances of Cunegonde in Candide with Portland Opera.
To begin the 2010/11 season, Ms. Gilmore returned to the Metropolitan Opera, covering the role of Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann , following which she sang the roles of Das Feuer and Die Nachtigall in L’enfant et les sortileges with the Bayerische Staatsoper, led by Kent Nagano. She then returned to Knoxville Opera to make her role debut as Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani, and took the stage as Gilda in Rigoletto with Michigan Opera Theater.
Most notably in 2009, Ms. Gilmore made a “show-stopping” [Classical Source] debut with the Metropolitan Opera, in the role of Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann. Ms. Gilmore began the 2009/10 season as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Indianapolis Opera, and performed this role later in the season for Boston Lyric Opera. In February of 2010, Ms. Gilmore made her house and role debut with Knoxville Opera in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor. In the spring, she sang the title role in the groundbreaking Swiss premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland with Grand Théâtre de Genève. Other notable appearances include her European debut with Deutsch Oper am Rhein, singing Blondchen in The Abduction from the Seraglio.
Rachele is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and received her Bachelor’s of Music form Indiana University and continued with Graduate studies at Boston University. She was a member the Young Artist Programs of Glimmerglass Opera, Florida Grand Opera and Aspen Music Festival’s Opera Center, and was a winner in Placido Domingo’s Operalia World Opera Contest in Paris.