Contralto Rachelle Moss made a notable debut as Kate Pinkerton in Sarasota Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly. Sarasota newspaper Your Observer, praised her portrayal as “regal”.
This performance adds to a season full of role and company debuts. In the 2017-2018 season Ms. Moss portrayed Afra in La Wally with Puget Sound Concert Opera, the title role in Carmen and Commendatora in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Operamuse, and Fire in Seattle Art Song Society’s Elemental Recital. She will return to Puget Sound Concert Opera as Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia and make her debut at St. Petersburg Opera singing Maestra delle Novizie and covering La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica as an Emerging Artist in 2019.
Rachelle also enjoys singing both operetta and concert repertoire. She has performed the roles of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd with the University of North Texas and Effie in The Ballad of Baby Doe with the Spotlight on Opera; as the Alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Federal Way Symphony; and as the Alto soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass with Kansas City Kansas Community Chorus.
Ms. Moss was an 2016-2017 Apprentice Artist at Sarasota Opera. She has received numerous awards including: a Career Grant from the Seattle Opera Guild, an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, the Mary Cook Memorial Award for Outstanding Apprentice Artist from Sarasota Opera Guild, and the Stuart R. Silver Scholarship from Sarasota Opera. She holds a Bachelor's in Music History and Master's in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas.