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Mezzo-soprano Rachel Frenkel is increasingly in demand on the international stages, especially as an interpreter of Mozart and Rossini. She has performed her signature-role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, conducted by Ivor Bolton, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, the Edinburgh International Festival and Mostly Mozart Festival New York with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer, at the Wiener Staatsoper and at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

A former ensemble member of Staatsoper Wien, she has appeared there as Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Fenena in Nabucco, Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, Siébel in Faust, Ascanio in Les Troyens, Ruggiero in Alcina, conducted by Marc Minkowski, Idamante in Idomeneo, in the lead role of Lea in the world premiere of Johannes Maria Staud’s opera Die Weiden, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and, most recently, as Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in a new production by Irina Brook, conducted by Simone Young,

Other recent highlights include her house debut as Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito at Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte at Semperoper Dresden, Idamante at Opéra de Lille, conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm, Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera, conducted by Robin Ticciati, at Glyndebourne Festival, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Staatsoper Berlin, under Daniel Barenboim, and Semperoper Dresden, Nicklausse in Stefan Herheim’s production of Les contes d'Hoffmann at the Bregenzer Festspiele, Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos at Staatsoper Hamburg and Mercédès in Carmen at the Osterfestspiele Salzburg, with Sir Simon Rattle. With Christian Thielemann, she performed as Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and Stimme des Falken in Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Salzburger Festspiele.

In concert, she has sung Beethoven’s Mass in C with the BBC Philharmonic under Omer Meir Wellber, Bernstein’s Songfest with the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Bach's Magnificat with the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Ton Koopman, Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater with Camerata Salzburg, Bernstein's Symphony no 1 with the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle with the Flemish Radio Choir and Hervé Niquet at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Mozart's Requiem with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler's Rückert- Lieder with the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra in Osaka, Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony with the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich and Mallika in Delibes’ Lakmé with the BR Rundfunkorchester Munich. She has also appeared with all major Israeli orchestras in a variety of repertoire from the baroque to the 20th century, including Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

In 2021/22, Ms Frenkel will sing Idamante in Idomeneo with the Balthasar Neumann Ensembles and Thomas Hengelbrock in Baden-Baden, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with Concerto Köln and Kent Nagano, Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos at La Scala die Milano, Olga in Eugene Onegin at the New Israeli Opera and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Symphony no 9 with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Steven Sloane.

Ms Frenkel is a former studio member of the Staatsoper Berlin, where her roles included Mercédès, Flora in La traviata, Siebel, Cherubino, Dorabella, Milli in Der Ferne Klang and Zaida in Rossini’s Il turco in Italia.

She graduated at the Buchmann- Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv and participated in the New Israeli Opera Young Artist Program. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Tel Aviv University and The America-Israel Sharet Artists Foundation.
BerliozLa Damnation de FaustMarguerite (in preparation)
BerliozLes TroyensAscanio
BrittenA Midsummer Night's DreamHermia
GounodRoméo et JulietteStéphano
HändelGiulio CesareSesto
HumperdinckHänsel und GretelHänsel
MassenetWertherCharlotte (in preparation)
MozartCosi fan tutteDorabella
MozartLe Nozze die FigaroCherubino
MozartLa Clemenza di TitoSesto
MozartLa Finta GiardinieraRamiro
MozartDie Zauberflöte2. Dame
OffenbachLes Contes d'HoffmannLa Muse/ Niklausse
PurcellDido and AeneasDido
RossiniLa CenerentolaAngelina
RossiniIl barbiere di SivigliaRosina
RossiniLe Comte OryIsolier
StaudDie WeidenLea
StraussAriadne auf NaxosKomponist, Dryade
TchaikovskyEugene OneginOlga
WagnerDer RingWellgunde

J. Offenbach - Les Contes D'Hoffmann (Bregenzer Festspiele 2015, DVD)

Wiener Symphoniker
Johannes Debus, cond
Stefan Herheim, director
with Kerstin Avemo, Mandy Fredrich, Rachel Frenkel, Daniel Johansson, et al.

Benjamin Godard: Dante

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Ulf Schirmer, cond
with Edgaras Montvidas, Veronique Gens, Rachel Frenkel, Andrew Foster-Williams, Diana Axentii, Andrew Lepri Meyer
Singulares (7759759)

W. A. Mozart, Non so più cosa son (Le Nozze di Figaro)

J. Offenbach, Vois sous l'archet frémissant (Les Contes d'Hoffmann)

J. Offenbach, Une poupèe aux yeux d'èmai (Les Contes d'Hoffmann)

RACHEL FRENKEL: B. Godard, Scene et Romance (Dante)

J. Haydn, A che morir vorrei (Arianna a Naxos)

W. A. Mozart, Parto, Parto (La Clemenza di Tito)

J. Massenet, Werther qui m'aurait dit la place (Werther)

Live recording

G. Rossini, Fac, ut portem (Stabat Mater)

"Mit wunderbarer Mezzosopranstimme trug die israelische Sängerin Rachel Frenkel diese Lieder vor."
hallespektrum.de, M. Ravel, Shéhérazade - Staatskapelle Halle, A. Matiakh, December 2019
"Rachel Frenkel in der Hosenrolle des Idamante zeigt eine weitere Facette ihres breiten Spektrums [...] Mit ihrem ausdrucksstarken Mezzosopran gelingt ihr die [...] koloraturreiche große Szene „Non temer“ vorzüglich."
online-merker, W.A. Mozart, Idomeneo - Wiener Staatsoper, February 2019
"[...] die großartige Rachel Frenkel. Sie [...] haucht [...] der abziehbildhaften Hauptfigur mit ihrer warmen und leuchtenden Stimme erstaunlich viel Leben ein."
br-klassik.de, J.M. Staud, Die Weiden (world premiere) - Staatsoper Wien, December 2018
"Lea, die Rachel Frenkel mit ihrem farbenreichen, aber immer beweglichen und leichten Mezzosopran zum emotionalen Zentrum der Oper macht[...]"
nmz.de, J.M. Staud, Die Weiden (world premiere) - Staatsoper Wien , December 2018
"Rachel Frenkel, mezzo-soprano israélienne, sait en incarner la fougue, l'émotion et le lyrisme, les tempêtes qui l’assaillent au fil du rôle, avec un magistral "Parto", au début puis un fantastique "Deh per questo istante solo" à la fin. Le public toulousain (connaisseur en belles voix) ne s’y trompe pas et lui réserve une ovation lors des saluts."
Olyrix.com, W.A. Mozart, La Clemenza di Tito - Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, June 2018
"The trouser role of Cherubino has its challenges, and Rachel Frenkel met them effortlessly with her engaging mezzo soprano. “Voi che sapete” embodied all the emotion and impulsiveness the character should have, and Frenkel bent the phrases nicely to bring out the text. At the same time, she brought a welcome physicality to the role."
Seen and Heard International, W.A. Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro - Lyric Opera of Chicago, September 2015
"Die Sänger spielen auch alle mit Hingabe[...] Rachel Frenkel ist hier geradezu ideal als Muse und Nicklausse."
kurier.at, Bregenzer Festspiele - Les contes d'Hoffmann, August 2015

Rachel Frenkel

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Rachel Frenkel

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