Praised for her “dark, velvety mezzo” (Opera News) and “exceptional strength and solidity” (San Francisco Classical Voice) Renée Rapier is quickly establishing herself in opera houses around the world.
After a busy and successful summer having made debuts with San Francisco’s Opera Parallele, Wolf Trap Opera, and the Ravinia Festival where she made her role debut as Cherubino with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Conlon, Renée will end 2014 with a debut at Opera San Antonio playing Mrs. Fox (Fantastic Mr. Fox) and the Page (Salome), as well as an international debut as Olga (Eugene Onegin) with the Seoul Philharmonic.
Her 2015/2016 season includes a return to LA Opera playing Cherubino in both The Ghosts of Versailles and Le Nozze di Figaro. Renee will also have debuts with Opera Theatre St. Louis and Seattle Opera.
In 2011 Renée was chosen as a Domingo-Thornton Young Artist at the LA Opera where she made her professional debut as Stephano (Roméo et Juliette). She then joined the prestigious Adler fellowship in 2012, where she performed several roles on the San Francisco Opera stage including Giovanna (Rigoletto), Pantalis (Mefistofele), and Meg Page (Falstaff).
Renée was the 2012 winner of the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, and the 2013 winner of the Brava! Opera Theater and James M. Collier Young Artist Program Vocal Competition. Ms. Rapier is also the recipient of the Chautauqua Studio Artist Award, a winner in the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, a national finalist of the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation, a 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions national semifinalist, and a finalist of the 2013 Seoul International Music Competition.
Ms. Rapier is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where she studied both voice and viola. She also received training at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Chautauqua Opera, and the Merola Opera Program.