New York based soprano Rachel Duval has made a name for herself as an unconventional classical musician with a wide range of skills. A former trapeze artist and internationally acclaimed performance poet, Ms. Duval was honored to be part of the world premier of Stomping Grounds at The Glimmerglass Festival in 2017, in which she sang, rapped, and danced.
Born in 1987 in Boulder Colorado, Ms. Duval spent her childhood studying classical violin and played with the Boulder Youth Symphony, the Arvada Youth Symphony, and toured Europe twice with those ensembles. She danced with the nationally acclaimed aerial dance troupe Frequent Flyers from age 9-19, and performed with the Boulder Philharmonic, Opera Colorado, and at the Colorado Music Festival.
She then studied music education at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and trained as a classical singer with Tom Harper and Wagnerian soprano Jane Eaglan. Rachel was a soloist under Broadway legend, Maestro Marvin Hamlisch, and Maestro Gerard Schwartz with the Seattle Symphony. At the same time, Rachel continued her study of traditional folk musics and studied North Indian classical singing, Mongolian horsehead fiddle, and played fiddle in a bluegrass band and electric violin in the reggae and dub-step collective Unite One Productions.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Ms. Duval moved to Barcelona in 2010 to pursue her love of music and teaching. She was the music educator at the prestigious Benjamin Franklin International School, where she met tenor Jaume Aragall, who saw a talent for opera in her and encouraged her to study with Maestro Ricardo Estrada.
In 2015, Rachel was selected as the best and only classical singer for the Spanish National Television (TVE – La 1) program Insuperables, which was viewed by almost 2 million Spaniards, including Maestra Scalisé, composer of the Symphony of Poems project, which Rachel will be part of in 2018.
On the stage, Rachel has performed in various operas in the USA and Spain, singing Rosalba in Daniel Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas with Opera Steamboat (2016), Angelica in Händel’s Orlando with Cantanti Project NYC (2017), Alcina in Alcina with Lyra NY (2018). In Spain, Rachel studied with Catalan conductor Ricardo Estrada, and sang with him in the Barcelona Opera Studio as La Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni, Mozart), Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice, Gluck), and Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera, Verdi)
Rachel was a finalist in the Concurso Les Corts in Barcelona in 2013 and 2015. She also won an Honorable Mention in the Metropolitan International Vocal Competition in New York, May of 2018.
She has studied with Roberto Accurso, Jaume (Giacomo) Aragall, Montserrat Caballé, American soprano Pamela Armstrong, and Braeden Harris.
In spring 2018, Rachel made her off-Broadway debut singing Queen Vashti in The Queen’s Dilemma in New York City at the prestigious Center for Jewish History.
Currently, Ms. Duval is working as a producer and singer for Opera on Tap NY and for Cantanti Project New York and will sing in their October showcases. She also is delighted to have joined the faculty of Riverdale Neighborhood House as their Early Learning Music Teacher, and will be teaching as a guest lecturer at Cooper Union School of Engineering in November.
Eda, Stomping Grounds, Simonson/Hernandez, The Glimmerglass Festival, 2017
Paula, Río de Mujeres, Armienta, Ópera Cultura, 2016
Damon, Acis and Galatea, Handel, Westchester Baroque Festival, 2018
First Fairy, The Fairy Queen, Purcell, Gramercy Opera, 2017
Angelica, Orlando, Händel, Cantanti Project NYC, 2017
Rosalba, Florencia en el Amazonas, Catán, Opera Steamboat, 2016
Alcina, Alcina, Händel, Lyra NY, 2018
Euridice, Orfeo ed Euridice, Gluck, Barcelona Opera Studio, 2015
La Contessa, Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart, Barcelona Opera Studio, 2014
Queen Vashti, Queen Esther’s Dilemma, Samuel J. Bernstein, Center for Jewish History, 2018
Contestant, Insuperables (“Unbeatables”), Televisión Española TVE – LA 1, 2015
Featured Poet, German National Poetry Slam 2011
Seattle Poetry Slam team member, finalists- 2010 National Poetry Slam (USA)
Seattle Collegiate Slam Team coach, 2010 finalists
Youth Speaks Seattle slam team member, winners – Brave New Voices competition, 2007
Voice teacher, 2008-current
Early Learning Music Specialist, Riverdale Neighborhood House, 2018-2019
Music Department Chair and Elementary Music Teacher, Benjamin Franklin International School, 2010-2012
Music Teacher, Orca K-8 Seattle, 2009-2010
Music Specialist, Hamlin Robinson School, 2009-2010
Opera on Tap, Logistics Diva, 2018
Cantanti Project, Spanish language specialist, 2018
Want to learn to sing? I have sung almost every style of singing and can teach classical, jazz, pop, rock, blues, country, and soul.
I believe that healthy singing technique leads to healthy singing at ALL AGES, and in ALL STYLES. I take students from age 8 and up.
My previous voice students have gone on to sing in various bands and projects, and have gotten into institutions such as Institute of the Arts Barcelona (IAB), The American Musical Theatre Academy of London, The Berkelee College of Music, and the Washington All-State Honor Choir.
I charge competitive rates and would love to take you on as a student. I teach in English and Spanish. I teach out of my home studio in the Bronx, NY.
“Rachel is an incredible teacher and is very passionate and committed to what she does. She is extremely talented: she plays the piano and the guitar and her voice is unique. Whenever I have a lesson with Rachel, she is able to improve my technique in my singing in a massive way, in only one hour. She not only tells me how to improve but also tells me why these things will help and why they will change my singing and help me improve. She does this through showing examples and making me understand how my body is working and why. I would recommend Rachel as a teacher to anyone who wants to see drastic changes in their ability level and feel more confident about themselves. You’ll never find someone as great as her!” – Rachele Carboni, age 19
“Rachel is very positive and stimulates students to believe in themselves, also when things don’t work out immediately. She combines excellent technical skills with a lot of experience in working with children and adolescents. My daughter really feels inspired by her and loves to go to her singing class every week.” – S.H., mother of 11-year-old student
Enseño en español