Black and white portrait of Rachel Nicholls

Rachel Nicholls


Rachel was born in Bedford and in 2013 was awarded an Opera Awards Foundation Bursary to study with Dame Anne Evans.

Recent and future engagements include: Isolde Tristan und Isolde for the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Rome, Turin, Karlsruhe, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and Grange Park Opera as well as in concert with the Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra; the title role in Elektra for Basel and Karlsruhe; Salome in Hannover; Brünnhilde Siegfried in concert with the Hallé (recently released on CD); Brünnhilde Götterdämmerung in Taiwan; Leonore Fidelio for Opera North and Lithuanian National Opera; Guinevere Gawain for the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Lady Macbeth Macbeth for Karlsruhe and NI Opera; and Eva Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for Karlsruhe and ENO.

She has worked with orchestras throughout Europe and the Far East and in recital at venues including Wigmore Hall, London.

Recordings include Siegfried and Elgar’s The Spirit of England with the Hallé, a wide repertoire with Bach Collegium Japan and Tippett’s Third Symphony for Chandos.

Photo credit David Shoukry

Last updated: 3rd October 2023