This is a soprano who will be around a long time; someone as accomplished as this is not common, and the world can’t help but notice.”
Acclaimed for her “silvery soprano, with an effortlessness that thrills her audience,” Rachele Gilmore is consistently praised as “the vocal standout” on both opera stage and in the concert hall. A renowned bel canto singer, her repertoire spans a wide range, including Donizetti, Mozart, Verdi, Strauss, as well as the French and modern composers. She is a regular performer in America, Europe, and Asia and has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper, La Monnaie, Grand Théâtre de Geneve, and Festival d’Aix en Provence. She has also regularly appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, as well as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra led by Manfred Honeck. Her signature roles among many, include Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Gilda in Rigoletto, Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Ophélie in Hamlet, as well is Alice in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland.
This season Rachele joins the Kansas City Symphony for Handel’s Messiah, returns to the Pittsburgh Symphony for Haydn’s Mass in Time of War and Handel’s Messiah, and appears in concert with Opera Roanoke and Opera Maryland. She will also join the BBC Symphony for her role debut as Héro in Béatrice et Bénédict and the Korean Symphony Orchestra in Seoul for a staged performance of Rigoletto as Gilda. In 2019, she will also be seen as Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and as Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Teatro Colón in Beunos Aires.
Recent appearances include reprising her role as Alice Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland with the Seoul Philharmonic, returning to Opera Omaha in her debut as Nannetta in Falstaff, and triumphing in the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor with Virginia Opera. She debuted the role of Gretel in Hänsel and Gretel with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and also the role of Marie in La fille du Régiment with Austin Opera. In concert she appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony for a staged presentation of Haydn’s Creation, as well with the Los Angeles Philharmonic led by Gustavo Dudamel in a special multi-media presentation of the same piece. She has also recently performed in concert with the Dallas Opera, joined the Indianapolis Symphony and the Toledo Symphony with repertoire by Mozart, Duparc, and Mahler, and also sang a concert performance of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges as the Fire, Princess and Nightingale with the Seattle Symphony. Rachele also recently reprised her signature role of Olympia with Hawaii Opera Theater to great acclaim.
Notably, she has performed the role of Ophélie in Hamlet with La Monnaie in Brussels under the baton of Marc Minkowski. She has also sung Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Jérémie Rhorer and Le Cercle de L'Harmonie with Festival d’Aix en Provence and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, as well as with the Grand Théatre de Geneve. She has been seen as the Fire and the Nightingale in L’enfant et les sortileges with the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Osaka Philharmonic in Japan, and took part in a special staged production of Chin’s Alice in Wonderland with the LA Philharmonic, led by Susanna Malkki that was later performed at the Barbican with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Further notable appearances include the role of Ninetta in La Gazza Ladra and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Glimmerglass Festival, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier with NCPA in Beijing, Amina in La Sonnambula with the Florida Grand Opera, Queen of the Night with Opera Philadelphia, Elvira in I Puritani with Knoxville Opera, Cunegonde in Candide with Portland Opera, and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opéra de Vichy. She has also sung the roles of Sophie in Werther and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Boston Lyric Opera, and has performed Verdi’s heroine Gilda in Rigoletto with Opera Colorado, Michigan Opera Theater, and Opera Omaha. She has been seen as the title role of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opéra de Lille, Virginia Opera, and Knoxville Opera. She has sung her most acclaimed role of Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann with the Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, and possibly most notably in 2009, when Ms. Gilmore made a “show-stopping” [Classical Source] last minute debut with the Metropolitan Opera, in the high flying role to great acclaim.
Rachele is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and received her Bachelor’s of Music from 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.