Soprano- City Opera Debut: Stonewall, 2019
Soprano Rachael Braunstein is at home on both the recital and opera stages. From curating a harp and voice set for a Brooklyn rave party, to cadenza duels with Opera on Tap in Manhattan, she is constantly looking for new and interesting ways to express art through song. Most recently, Braunstein joined New York City Opera for the world premiere of Stonewall by Iain Bell, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that sparked the fight for LGBTQ rights. Braunstein was a Vocal Arts Fellow with the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar and Final Concert with Stephanie Blythe and Alan Smith. She then returned to Chautauqua Opera for the 2018 summer season as Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide. Other recent engagements include Virginia Opera’s production of Der Freischütz as the Agathe cover, her first soprano role. Past opera credits read as Flora in La Traviata and Pitti-Sing in The Mikado with Chautauqua Opera, Opera in the Park concerts and Educational Tours with Virginia Opera, the Witch and Mother in Humperdink’s Hänsel und Gretel with Opera Pomme Rouge and the Kennedy Center Children’s Outreach, Mrs. Ten Brock in Jerome Kern’s Sally with Light Opera of New York, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Ash Lawn Opera’s Young Artist Program, Mrs. Ott in Floyd’s Susannah at Seagle Music Colony, Flora in La Traviata with New York Opera Exchange, Anna Hope in Virgil Thompson’s The Mother of Us All with Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater.