Rachel McIntosh is a mezzo-soprano and music educator currently based in Helsinki, Finland. As a classical singer, she specializes in singing romantic-era and modern music, with a propensity for German Lied and modern American art song, as well as dramatic mezzo operatic repertoire. Rachel also has versatility in jazz and American folk music.
Rachel has been a regular performer at Spread Art (Detroit) as a featured performer in the Wet/Dry series (2016), the Radical Sounds series (2015), and the Solace Sessions (2017). She is an avid performer of new music, and has debuted a growing list of new works, including the premier of (drohn), an opera by James Cornish for mezzo soprano and ensemble (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit 2016, Ann Arbor Film Festival 2017). Rachel has performed in the Michigan Opera Theater in several shows in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, and sang in the MOT Outreach production of Mark Adamo’s Little Women in March 2017.
Rachel is currently a student in the Opera Master’s program at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. She sang the role of “Sesto” in last April’s production of W.A. Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, and the role of “Lucretia” in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia in November 2018. She sang the role of “Ruggiero” in Alcina (Handel) this April, and will sing “Venus” and “L’opinion publique” in Orfee aux enfers this November.
Rachel was selected as a competitor in the Sibelius Singing 2020 competition, which was cancelled because of the spread of COVID-19. She was also selected to advance in the Toivo Kuula and Meistersinger von Neurnberg competitions, which were also delayed because of the pandemic.