Frenkel Rachel, mezzo-soprano
Rachel Frenkel, Mezzo-Soprano, was born in Israel. Although she started as a soprano, she began singing high mezzo soprano roles in 2006. She graduated from the Buchmann- Mehta School of Music in Tel-Aviv in 2006 where she studied with Mira Zakai. Later on she studied with the American soprano Abbie Furmansky in Berlin. Since January 2008 she is based in Berlin, where she is a member of the opera studio of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
She has performed with the main Israeli orchestras in a varied repertoire from the baroque to the 21st century. She was a member of the Opera Studio of the Israeli Opera where her repertoire included Hansel in Hansel und Gretel (Humperdinck), Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflote (Mozart), Thisbe in La Cenerentola (Rossini) and other roles.
She has received several excellence scholarships from the Tel Aviv University, The America- Israel Cultural Foundation and the Israeli Vocal Arts Institute. She is a prize winner of the Neue Stummen competition (2009), the Mozart Academy of Aix en Provence Festival (2008) and winner of the Spring Competition in Tel Aviv (2009).
She made her European debut as the second bridesmaid servant in Medea (Cherubini) at the Royal Opera of La Monnaie in Brussels and gave recitals in Holland and Delft Chamber Music Festival and in Aix-en-Provence. She also sang Bach's Christmas Oratorio in The Hague and Utrecht and Bach's Magnificat with the Berlin Philharmonic with Ton Koopman. In the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Flora in La traviata (Verdi), Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflote (Mozart), Mili in Der Ferne Klang (Schreker), Mercedes in Carmen (Bizet) and Siebel in Faust (Gounod).
At the Israeli Opera she performed Mercedes in Carmen (Bizet) as well as in Mattheus Passion (Bach), Rossini's Stabat Mater and Haydn's cantata Arianna a Nasso in the Israeli Opera with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.