Rachael Brimley: Soprano
Rachael Brimley, Soprano, is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RSAMD) where she studied with International Soprano Dr Judith Howarth. During this time she performed in many productions including Owl The Cunning Little Vixen (RSAMD with Scottish Opera), Chorus War and Peace (RSAMD with Scottish Opera), Nun Dialogues des Carmelites, Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia (Opera Scenes), Donna Elvira Don Giovanni (Opera Scenes). For several years Rachael was a principal Soprano with Bedfordshire Youth Opera, performing roles including Countess The Marriage of Figaro, Rosalinda Die Fledermaus, Frasquita Carmen. As a Postgraduate student at the RSAMD she premiered J. Simon van der Walt’s lieder Liebesglück hat tausend Zungen. She was also highly commended in the John Ireland Song Prize.
Since graduating, Rachael has continued to further her studies, completing the ENO Opera Works course and workshops with British Youth Opera. During the summer season 2015 Rachael was part of the Christine Collins Young Artist programme at Opera Holland Park, covering and performing the role of Miss Ellen Lakme. Rachael returned to Opera Holland Park recently, covering the role of Ermyngarde in the UK premiere of Isabeau.
In 2013 Rachael sang her first performance of Violetta La Traviata with Edinburgh Grand Opera. “Make no mistake, Brimley is a fantastic Violetta. Her voice is light and colourful almost to the top…. she has a thrill of sensuality about her that promises much, and a demeanour that indicates she is certainly in control… But it is Brimley’s warmth that endures.” Thom Dibdin.
Rachael works regularly with Scottish Opera, performing Chorus in many productions including Rusalka, The Mikado, The Marriage of Figaro, La bohème, La Traviata and Eugene Onegin. In the 2019/20 season she will sing in the Chorus for Tosca (also acting the role of the prostitute), Nixon in China and The Gondoliers. In 2017 she began working as Chorus Representative, facilitating feedback and representing the Chorus and their interests. Rachael has covered the Page and Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, and most recently Papagena in the Sir Thomas Allen production of The Magic Flute (both for Scottish Opera), going on to perform the role in various performances.
In 2019 Rachael sang Musetta in La bohème for Paisley Opera’s new production and original Scots translation “The athletic cast buys fully into the concept…Rachael Brimley glowing as good-time girl Musetta.” Ken Walton, The Scotsman.
She performed the role of Damon in Acis and Galatea for Scots Opera Project, and recently premiered the roles of Tinker and Doxie in Alan Flemming-Baird’s The Jolly Beggars.
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Opera Caledonia engagements: “Puccini in Paris”, “Carols by Candlelight 2023”, “Carols by Candlelight 2024”.