Rachel Schutz

Rachel Schutz

Lecturer in Voice

Hailed for her "diamantine high notes… and giddy delirious coloratura" (Boston Globe), Welsh-born soprano Rachel Schutz is in demand throughout the US, Europe and Asia for her sensitive and evocative performances, wide range of repertoire and well-honed teaching skills. She enjoys a multi-faceted career of concert, recital, new music, and opera performances and has appeared at top venues around the world including at Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, Ravinia Festival, Ojai Fetsival, Tanglewood, and the Santa Fe Opera.

A seasoned recitalist and soloist known for her "communicative zest" (Boston Globe), Ms. Schutz has appeared with the Boston Pops Orchestra singing the music of Bernstein, the Hawai'i Symphony performing Haydn's Nelson Mass and Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem and has recently performed Barber's Knoxville 1915, Strauss' Brentano Lieder, Orff's Carmina Burana and Mozart's C-minor Mass. She has also been invited to perform at prestigious concert and university series around the world including the Ravinia and Ojai Festivals, Austin and Honolulu Chamber Music Series, the Hawai'i Concert Society, and venues in China, Taiwan, Korea and Germany. Ms. Schutz has performed with famed artists such as Dawn Upshaw, Martin Katz, Leon Botstein, James Conlon, Keith Lockhart and Corrado Rovarris and frequently collaborates with husband and pianist Jonathan Korth. Know for their variety and originality, recent programs have featured both vocal and piano music woven together by creative themes.

Ms. Schutz is also an avid supporter of new music and enjoys close working relationships with many young composers and new music ensembles such as Maui-based Ebb & Flow Arts. A two-time Tanglewood Music Center Fellow, she performed Babbitt's Phonemena to critical acclaim in the presence of the composer, and has premiered dozens of new works, several of which were written specifically for her. She has worked with composers Augusta Read-Thomas, John Harbison, Libby Larsen, John Musto and Thomas Osborne on their music and recently, with American composer William Bolcom on a performance and recording of his Briefly it Enters with pianist Tomasz Lis.

Equally at home in the opera house as on the concert stage, Ms. Schutz's recent roles have included Thérèse (Les mamelles de Tirésias) with Opera Paralèlle, Susanna with Stockton Opera, Giannetta with the Santa Fe Opera, Blonde with the Stony Brook Opera, Euridice (Orpheus ed Euridice) with the Berkshire Bach Society, and Sophie (Der Rosenavalier) with The New Opera Company. Other roles have included Rose (A Street Scene) and St. Settlement (Four Saints in Three Acts), First Maid (Daphne), Flora (The Turn of the Screw), Mable (The Pirates of Penzance) and the title role in Patience.

Ms. Schutz has been the recipient of the 2012 Sorel Fellowship at SongFest, the winner of the Roland Jones Scholarship Competition at the Welsh National Eisteddfod, New York Civic Morning Musicals Vocal Competition, and the Lillian Caroff Meyer Award from the Santa Fe Opera. She has been featured on Hawai'i's 88.1 KHPR and can be heard on an Albany Records album of contemporary American music.

Her success as a teacher has lead to clinics and guest residencies around the world including masterclasses at Beijing China Conservatory, Shanghai, Zhejiang and Anhui Normal Universities (China), Taitung and Dong Hwa Universities (Taiwan) and Keimyeong University (Korea). Since 2010, she has served as Lecturer in Voice at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa teaching both applied lessons and voice-area classes, as well as at the Punahou School of Music.

After making her professional debut at age 12 premiering John Hardy’s The Roswell Incident with Music Theatre Wales, Ms. Schutz began studying with Mark Gruett of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin. She completed her B.A. in Music at Stony Brook University under the tutelage of Elaine Bonazzi, and received her Masters of Music degree from the Dawn Upshaw-run Vocal Arts Program at Bard College. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

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