Rachelle Durkin

Rachelle Durkin

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Rachelle Durkin

Rachelle Durkin gave a magnificent performance of Armida. Sustaining focused clarity and excellent dynamic control: pure and silvery in some places, richly colored in others. Her spectacular coloratura display passages and smoothly shaped lyrical sections were equally impressive”. Haydn’s Armida The Australian 

Rachelle Durkin
Soprano

A highly adept interpreter of a wide range of repertoire spanning from the baroque to modern masterpieces, Ms. Durkin’s recent performances include Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni for Virginia Opera, the Fox in Cunning Little Vixon, Musetta in La Boheme with West Australian Opera, Céphise in Rameau’s Acante et Céphise and the title role of Tosca both for Victory Hall Opera, Musetta in La Bohene and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Adina in L’elisir d’amore with West Australian Opera and Opera Australia Sydney, Donna Anna with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and both Adina and Norina with Opera Australia Sydney.

Her many concert appearances include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with both the West Australia Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Slatkin. For Maestro Asher Fisch and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra she has performed  Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Choral Symphony and Ninth Symphony and The Cunning Little Vixen. 

The artist began her career by winning the top three vocal competitions in Australia in 2000: The Herald Sun Aria Competition, The Marianne Mathy Scholarship and The Metropolitan Opera Award.  Rachelle Durkin was a recipient of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was accepted into the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program from 2001-2004. She went on to being an established artist at the Met, singing and covering leading roles for many season, most notably, Norina in Don Pasquale (recorded live for Sirius Radio), Lisa in La Sonnambula, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, Miss Schlesin in Phillip Glass’s Satyagraha all recorded live Sirius Radio and DVD, Frasquita in Carmen, Masha in Pique Dame, Young Girl in Moses und Aron, and the First Flower Maiden in Parsifal which was also her debut for the Salzburg Festival under the baton of Maestro Levine.

Other notable engagements include the role of Musetta for West Australian Opera, Donna Anna and Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with maestro Patrick Summers for Opera Australia’s CinemaLive HD Movie and commercial DVD release. She has appeared as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte in the new Jim Sharman production broadcast live by ABC Television and Tytania in Baz Luhrmann’s groundbreaking production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.