Rachel Mink, soprano, is a versatile artist interested in music that inspires connection. A singer-songwriter turned opera singer, Rachel enjoys genre-bending work and is committed to accessibility in classical music. She is currently based in Sydney, Australia.
"Mink’s voice was thrillingly ecstatic in this performance."
--ClassikON, 11 April 2022
"It was in Mink’s solos with her high powerful voice that raised the emotional experience to another level."
-Limelight, 6 June 2021
Rachel Mink, soprano, is a freelance soprano and an ensemble member of Luminescence Chamber Singers.
Last season, her engagements included Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Marzelline in Fidelio, Despina in Cosí fan tutte, and Spirit in Gustav Holst's Savitri. She was also a soloist for Flowers of Peace’s Vietnam Requiem in Canberra, where she premiered a new work by Elena Kats-Chernin.
Highlights of her previous operatic credits include Émilie in Peabody's “Now Hear This” presentation of Kaija Saariaho's Émilie, Colin in Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s opera Le Devin du Village, Belinda and the First Witch in Dido and Aeneas, and Zirphile (cover) in the American premiere of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Sympathy with Victory Hall Opera. As a chorus member with Charlottesville Opera, she performed in La Traviata and Amahl and the Night Visitors.
In concert, Rachel has performed as a soloist with the National Capital Orchestra, Willoughby Symphony, the University of Virginia University Singers, University Chamber Singers, and Oratorio Society of Virginia. In February 2020, Rachel had the distinct pleasure of premiering two new vocal works in concert: the song cycle “Breach” by B.K. Zervigon for piano and voice and “The Moon” by Aaron Mencher for voice and string quartet.
In masterclasses, Rachel has worked with Renée Fleming, Karita Mattila, Danielle Talamantes, and Rachelle Fleming. Rachel is a multi-year finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competitions in the state of Virginia; in 2018, she won her division.
Originally hailing from the USA, Rachel studied Vocal Performance and Musicology at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland in the studio of Ah Young Hong. She earned her BA from the University of Virginia with a double major in music and arts administration, where she studied with Pamela Beasley. In addition to performance, she has worked as an arts administrator for Charlottesville Opera, Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, Delaware Arts Alliance, Salon Schräg, and the UVA Architecture School.
Outside of classical music, Rachel is a certified yoga teacher and avid library-goer. In her spare time, she works as a fundraising professional for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Boulanger Initiative, a non-profit committed to promoting music composed by women. She serves on the board of Victory Hall Opera.
"Mink’s crystal-clear voice had [Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit] floating effortlessly above the orchestra, and the audience, in beautifully-controlled, melodious tones."
-Canberra City News, 24 July 2021