Rachel Waiters artistic versatility and dramatic range as a singing actress aides her ability to project vivid characterizations. Her warm vocal timbre, vocal agility, and alluring stage presence has captivated both operatic and concert stages.
Most recently, Ms. Waiters performed the title role of Angelina in Gioachino Rossini’s opera La Cenerentola with Opera Memphis. Ms. Waiters has also performed the roles of Serena in George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Maddalena in Giuseppe Verdi’s RIGOLETTO and Mercedes, in Georges Bizet’s Carmen, a role she performed with Sacramento Opera. Other roles include Cherubino in W. A. Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Dorabella in Così Fan Tutte in Anghiari Italy, with Studio Lirico. Ms. Waiters is a former member of the Opera Memphis Artist-In-Residence quartet, performing educational tour productions and numerous concerts throughout the mid-south region.
A native of California, Ms. Waiters began her musical studies and vocal training at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she holds a bachelor of music degree. During her time at Fisk University, she was a member of the Fisk Jubilee Singers and studied under Valija Bumbulis. As a member of the Fisk Jubilee Singers Ms. Waiters performed concert tours, a live concert recording of Negro spirituals entitled Rise and Shine and PBS network special The American Experience Fisk Jubilee Singers. She pursued graduate study at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where she received her master of music degree in vocal performance.
In addition, to operatic engagements Ms. Waiters makes frequent concert and recital appearances, which have included Rossini, Petite Messe Solennelle, G.F. Handel, The Messiah, John Rutter’s Feel The Spirit and J.S. Bach’s St. John’s Passion. Ms. Waiters has also appeared in concert with the Savannah Children’s Chorus (Savannah, GA), Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Jackson, MS), Paducah Symphony Orchestra (Paducah, KY), and Sacramento Opera Orchestra with American River College Symphony Orchestra (Sacramento, CA.), and Sherman Symphony Orchestra (Sherman, TX).
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