Ms. Gilmore began the 2009-2010 season as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Indianapolis Opera, and performs this role later in the season for Boston Lyric Opera. In February of 2010, Ms. Gilmore makes her house and role debut at Knoxville Opera in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor.
In the spring, she sings the title role in the groundbreaking Swiss premiere of Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonderland with Grand Théâtre de Genève. The 2008-2009 season saw Ms. Gilmore make her European debut with Deutsche Oper am Rhein, singing Blondchen in Die entführung aus dem Serail. Other notable appearances included: a return to Toledo for Mahler's 2nd Symphony with the Toledo Symphony, Adele in Die Fledermaus with Opera New Jersey, and an important debut with Opera Hong Kong for a series of Opera Gala Concerts.
In the summer of 2009, the soprano reprised the role of Blondchen for further performances with Deutsche Oper am Rhein and in a return to Opera New Jersey. Rachele Gilmore began her 2007 season with her Carnegie Hall debut singing Mozart’s Coronation Mass and John Rutter’s Requiem with Maestro Rutter conducting. In November, she made her debut with Orlando Opera, singing the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni. She continued the season with an exciting Gala Concert of Richard Strauss’ music with Toledo Opera under the baton of Maestro Thomas Conlin. She then returned to Carnegie Hall to sing Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass in March. In May, she made a triumphant debut as Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Indianapolis Opera. Ms.
Gilmore has been recognized by a number of foundations and prestigious competitions. During the summer of 2007, she was chosen as a Zarzuela Winner in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia World Opera Contest in Paris. She is a First Place Winner of the 2008 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition as well as the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, where she also received the Audience Choice Award. Also in 2008, she was a National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Other awards include Third Prize in the 2007 Jensen Foundation Competition and recognition from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Opera Index Foundation, the George London Foundation Competition and the Richard Tucker Foundation. Ms. Gilmore received her Bachelor’s of Music from Indiana University and continued with Graduate studies at Boston University. She was a member of the Young Artist Programs of Glimmerglass Opera (for two seasons), Florida Grand Opera, and Aspen Music Festival’s Opera Center. Rachele Gilmore has been mentored by world-renowned sopranos Carol Vaness and Virginia Zeani, and continues her studies with New York teacher Michael Paul.
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