Renée Rapier returns in the 2018-19 season to perform the role of Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Ms. Rapier made her OSJ debut during the 2016-17 season in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, receiving wide-spread critical acclaim for her performance. Recent engagements for Ms. Rapier include a number of recitals and concerts at the Newport Music Festival including a performance with renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica won Stade and composer Jake Heggie. She also made her Wagnerian debut as Grimgerde in San Francisco Opera’s visionary Ring Cycle, and makes her role debut as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Opera Steamboat. Other engagements during the 2018-19 season include a new production of John Cage’s Europeras 1&2 with the LA Phil in collaboration with The Industry and MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant winner Yuval Sharon, and appearances with Peninsula Symphony and Mise-en-scene Studios.
Other recent performances featured Ms. Rapier as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly at both Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Seattle Opera and Mercédès in Calixto Bieito’s provocative production of Carmen at San Francisco Opera. She returned to LA Opera singing Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, made a debut at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival as both the Page in Strauss’s Salome and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, her international debut as Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with the Seoul Philharmonic, Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Wolf Trap Opera, and a debut with Opera San Antonio as Mrs. Fox in Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox.
After receiving degrees in both voice and viola from the University of Northern Iowa, Ms. Rapier participated in several prominent training programs including Chautauqua Opera and the Merola Opera Program. In 2011, she was chosen to join LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program where she made her professional debut as Stephano in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette under the baton of Plácido Domingo. Soon after, she joined the prestigious Adler Fellowship at the San Francisco Opera where she covered and sang a number of roles including Giovanna in Verdi’s Rigoletto and Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff.
Ms. Rapier has received recognition from several notable competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (national semi-finalist), Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition (first place), the Seoul International Music Competition (finalist), Plácido Domingo’s Operalia (semi-finalist) and the Brava! Opera Theater and James M. Collier Young Artist Program Vocal Competition (first place).
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