Dublin soprano Rachel Croash is a 2009 graduate of Maynooth University, The Royal Irish Academy of Music and is an alumna of the Opera Theatre Company HUB Artist Programme.
In 2015 Rachel was awarded both the Wexford Festival Opera Aria Friends Award and WFO & PwC Emerging Artist Bursary. Operatic roles include Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte, Lismore Opera Festival); Susanna (Susanna’s Secret, Opera Theatre Company); Serafina (Il Campanello); Reneé (Koanga); Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel); Annina (La Traviata, Wexford Festival Opera); Valencienne (The Merry Widow, Lyric Opera Productions); Frasquita (Carmen, RTÉ Concert Orchestra; Cork Operatic Society); Gorm (Flatpack, Ulysses Theatre Company) and Narrator (The Oldest Woman in Limerick, Wide Open Opera).
Oratorio engagements include Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle with Culwick Choral Society; Maynooth University Choral Society and Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes Confessore and Bach’s Cantata 41 at St.Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh.
She has performed in concert with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, The Wexford Sinfonia, The City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra, Wexford Festival Opera, The Drogheda International Classical Music Series, Ardee Baroque Festival and in Recital for Music for Galway, Dublin Philharmonic Society, Sligo Con Brio and The Contemporary Music Centre. Rachel has also had the privilege of performing at the Metropolitan Club, New York with pianist Finghin Collins for the Irish-US Council and an Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Rachel made her recording debut with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, singing ‘Press Closer’ from Michael Gallen’s suite ‘Wilde Stories’, which was commissioned by RTÉ Lyric Fm.
She was recently a finalist in the 9th Internationales Lions-Gesangswettbewerb Gut Immling and will return to the Festival this summer for her German debut as Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.
Other future engagements include Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten with The Guinness Choir, Closing Concert of the Music in Great Irish Houses Festival in which she will premiere a new setting of Padraig Pearse’s 'The Mother' by Sebastian Adams and the role of Mrs Coyle in Britten’s Owen Wingrave with Opera Collective Ireland.