Rachel Maby is a lyric mezzo-soprano from London who is currently studying for a Masters in vocal performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, having graduated from the prestigious Joint Course at the Royal Northern College of Music and University of Manchester. She performs a vast array of repertoire, with a focus on opera and contemporary chamber music.
Rachel has worked as an opera singer with notable companies, which include Constella OperaBallet, Helios Collective and Baseless Fabric Theatre. This Summer she is looking forward to playing the role of Oreste in Blackheath Halls Opera production of La Belle Hélène, directed by James Hurley and conducted by Christopher Stark.
Notable operatic roles include Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten; Mrs Cratchit in the London première of A Christmas Carol by Thea Musgrave; Delilah and the Palm Reader in the award-winning Sideshows opera-ballet by Leo Geyer; Jou Jou in The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar and Cupid in Venus and Adonis by John Blow. She has performed in nationally acclaimed theatres and festivals alike, from London's West End Arts Theatre and Lillian Baylis Studio, to the Tête à Tête Festival, Grimeborn Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Rachel has a particular passion for performing contemporary chamber music and improvised music. She improvises in both classical and jazz idioms, often combining the two, which has proven most successful in her collaboration with composer Leo Geyer in his one-woman opera Sideshows and The Legend of Mike Smith theatre piece and album by Soweto Kinch. She has permièred works by notable classical composers, which include Camden Reeves, Edward Nesbit, Oliver Beer, Tom Harrold and Jonathan Woolgar. During her undergraduate studies, she co-founded Khymerikal - a six piece chamber ensemble, which commissioned six new works in it's two year history. Khymerikal performed live on BBC Radio 3 twice and performed at notable concert halls, which included King's place, the Forge, the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and the Martin Harris Centre.
Rachel also has experience as a concert soloist and has collaborated with The Nottingham Philhamonic Orchestra, The Royal College of Music Concert Orchestra; Asyla Ensemble and Settle Orchestra. She has a particular love of french repertoire, having sung orchestral works by Delibes, Ravel, Poulenc and Debussy. Her other concert work includes extensive choral performances: she is an alumni of Genesis Sixteen and Manchester Singers (which she co-founded) and has sung for notable conductors, which include Mark Shanahan, Mark Elder, Harry Christophers, Eamonn Dougan, Jamie Burton, Pete Churchill, Scott Stroman and Dave Young.