"This was very well staged with a highly kinetic and well-sung performance by Rachel Miller."
(Opera Canada, 2022)
"Lovely singing and...compelling characterization."
-John Gilks, 2019
Canadian mezzo-soprano Rachel Miller is a multi-disciplinary performer who finds expression through voice, acting and dance. In the 2023/2024 season Rachel premieres the role of Benita in the horror opera, Tales of the Grotesque (White Mills Theatre Co); and will be a featured soloist in Saint-Saens’ Oratorio de Nöel and Vivaldi’s Introduction and Gloria RV 588 (Toronto Beach Chorale). Rachel also looks forward to a recital at the Arts & Letters Club (Toronto) with pianist Brahm Goldhamer; as well as a Ukrainian art song recital in Saskatoon with soprano Kateryna Khartova and pianist Kathleen Lohrenz Gable (Saskatoon Opera/Ukrainian Museum of Canada).
In 2020 Rachel was named prize winner of the Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition. Operatic highlights include Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana (Toronto City Opera); Mercedes in Carmen under the Stars (Honens); Ramiro in La finta giardiniera (Accademia Europea Dell’Opera) and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (Glenn Gould School). In 2021, Rachel had the pleasure of creating the role of Stheno in Charlie Petch and Colin McMahon’s queer chamber opera Medusa’s Children (OperaQ Toronto); and had the opportunity to explore Canadian contemporary opera through Tapestry Opera’s SongBook XI. Rachel is a member of the award-winning Canadian Opera Company Chorus directed by Sandra Horst.
With a special affinity for early music and oratorio repertoire, Rachel has appeared as a soloist in performances of Vivaldi’s Gloria; Mozart’s Requiem; Handel’s Messiah; Beethoven’s Mass in C major; as well as Bach’s Mass in G minor and Mass in F major. She has also performed in special early music projects with Cor Unum Ensemble and Sub Rosa Ensemble, the latter of which explores early convent music.
In recital, Rachel has explored the works of Brahms, Wolf, Poulenc, Fauré, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Viardot, De Falla and Rebecca Clarke, and has found special pleasure in performing the works of contemporary North American composers including Norbert Palej and Jake Heggie.
Rachel received an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Toronto. Rachel has dance training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and musical theatre and enjoys exploring movement and dance as part of her artistic practice.
Photo: Gaetz Photography