Biography

Described as an “impressively silken soprano” (The Times) and “resplendent” (The New York Times) Rachel Redmond began her career with the prestigious Jardin des Voix, performing with Les Arts Florissants under the direction of William Christie and Paul Agnew in France, Spain and New York.  At William Christie’s invitation she made her début at the Opera Comique as Iris in Lully’s Atys, and performed Irene, Léontine and Flore in Robert Carsen’s production of Les Fetes Venitiennes at the Opera Comique, The Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and Brooklyn Academy of Music.  She subsequently made her début at the Théâtre du Châtelet as Loena in La belle Hélène.

 

Portrait of Rachel Redmond
Credits : Chris Wallace

With William Christie and Les Arts Florissants Rachel Redmond has also performed Belinda Dido and Aeneas (USA tour), Damon Acis and Galatea, Caecilia in Charpentier’s Caecilia, Virgin and Martyr, Artebuse in Charpentier’s Actéon, Monteverdi Madrigals, Bach Cantatas, Grands Motets by Rameau and Mondonville, and works by Purcell and Boismortier at William Christie’s inaugural Festival at Thiré, Angel Jephtha (European tour) and Captif in Charpentier’s David et Jonathas (Aix-en-Provence and Edinburgh International Festivals).

Rachel Redmond’s other concert performances have included Messiah and Purcell’s Fairy Queen with Jordi Savall and the Centre Internacional de Música Antiga, works by Handel, Jomelli, Galuppi, Vivaldi and Pergolesi with Collegio Ghislieri, L’Amour, Une Bergère, Climène and Une Nymphe in Mondonville’s Isbé for the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers with Ensemble Correspondences, Bach’s St John Passion with Ensemble Aedes, and Angel Israel in Egypt with Les Cris de Paris at the Beaune, Lessay and La Chaise-Dieu Festivals.

Her considerable concert repertoire also includes Charpentier Te Deum, Handel Esther and Saul, Bach St Matthew Passion and Cantata 199, Graupner Diese Zeit ist ein Spiel der Eitelkeit, Handel Deutsche Arien, Brahms Requiem, Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Karl Jenkins Gloria, Beethoven Mass in C, and Orff Carmina Burana.  She has performed as a soloist with the European Union Baroque Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Dunedin Consort, Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, and in Aldeburgh, at the ‘Se’ in Lisbon, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Auditorio Manuel de Falla in Granada.

Highlights this season for Rachel Redmond are her début in the role of Susanna The Marriage of Figaro for English Touring Opera, returns to the Aix-en-Provence Festival as Second Woman Dido and Aeneas and further concert performances with Jordi Savall, Les Arts Florissants, Dunedin Consort, Marsyas Ensemble and Ensemble Caravanserail.

Rachel Redmond was born in Glasgow and sang in the Junior Chorus of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra before studying at the Music School of Douglas Academy, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  She was awarded the Florence Veitch Ibler prize at the RCS for oratorio performance.