D.M., Performance from Indiana University; M.M., Performance from Baylor University; B.M.E., Choral Music and Conducting from Baylor University. Lyric Coloratura Rachel E. Copeland continues to receive acclaim as a thriving young artist combining her crystalline voice with her compelling and energetic stage presence.
As Dr. Copeland's career and reputation continue to grow, the 2012-2013 season saw her with repeat engagements with Opera North Carolina and Opera Per Tutti. The season opened with Dr. Copeland’s debut with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra in a concert of arias and duets with the highly acclaimed 2012 Operalia winner, Anthony Roth Costanzo. The season continued with multiple North Carolina recitals and performances, notably with the East Carolina University Symphony as the soprano soloist in Hadyn’s “Lord Nelson’s Mass.” Dr. Copeland debuted Lauretta in Puccini’s most beloved Gianni Schicchi. The 2013 - 2014 season also shows repeat engagements with Opera North Carolina, nation-wide master classes, the Choral Society of Durham, and a debut in California with a new-opera work.
In the 2011 - 2012 season, Dr. Copeland returned to Apollo’s Fire debuting as Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, including a national broadcast and her debut at Severance Hall, the prestigious home to the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Copeland will also debuted with Opera North Carolina as Frasquita in their fall production of Bizet’s Carmen as well as a return to Opera Per Tutti as Musetta in La bohème. Dr. Copeland was also the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with East Carolina University Symphony.
The 2010 - 2011 season was filled with exciting and wonderful opportunities. It began with a debut of the role of Adele in Die Fledermaus, followed by an engagement with the prestigious Baroque Orchestra Apollo's Fire for Handel's Messiah. In the spring, Dr. Copeland returned to Indianapolis Opera to sing the role of Micaela in Peter Brook's La Tragédie de Carmen. In May, Dr. Copeland made her company debut to rave reviews at San Diego Opera singing Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen. The summer of 2011 saw Dr. Copeland singing Adina in Donizetti’s famous L’elisir d’amore in Cortona, Italy, followed by a voice faculty position at Musica nelle Marche in Urbania, Italy.
Dr. Copeland began the 2009 - 2010 season as a Guest Artist at the International Pediatric Endocinology Lawson Wilkens Society President's Concert in New York City. Shortly thereafter, she appeared as a guest recitalist at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio where she frequently coaches. She also reprised the role of Musetta and debuted the role of Mercedes in Carmen. In the spring, Dr. Copeland premiered the role of Syvia Varescu, a fiesty gypsy lover, in Kalman's The Csardas Princess under the baton of internationally acclaimed conductor Andrzej Knap. In the following months, she covered the roles of Lucia with Cleveland Opera and Juliette in San Diego. In July, Dr. Copeland made her Italian debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. To finish the summer, Dr. Copeland joined the voice faculty of Musica nelle Marche in Urbania, Italy.
In the 2008 - 2009 season, Dr. Copeland sang with New Jersey Opera as the cover for the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor and with the San Diego Opera as their Young Artist, performing the roles of Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and Nell in Rumpelstiltskin.
Other considerable performances include her appearance with Indianapolis Opera as Papagena in The Magic Flute, Musetta in La bohème at DuPage Opera, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance at Louisiana Lyric Opera, and at Indiana University Opera Theater as Zdenka in Strauss’s Arabella and as Peep-Bo in The Mikado.
Dr. Copeland is currently on the faculty of East Carolina University School of Music where she teaches voice and diction courses. She also is the Operations Manager for Oberlin in Italy, Oberlin Conservatory of Music’s prestigious summer program in Arezzo, Italy. While at Indiana University, she studied with Distinguished Professor of Music Timothy Noble. She continues to work with Daune Mahy and coaches with Carol Vaness. She has also studied various roles under the guidance of Martina Arroyo and Patricia Wise.