|American soprano Rachel Cobb has earned critical acclaim in the United States and Europe as a total performer with incredible dramatic intensity. Hailed as "fiercely dramatic" (The London Times), having presented "one of the best impersonations I have seen" (Opera Magazine) and possessing a "pure soprano [with] charm and fragility" (Classical Voice) and "real vocal thrust" (Opera News).
Miss Cobb's 2009/2010 season include Mimì in La bohème with Duluth Festival Opera, a Holiday Tea Musicale Concert at Rosen House at Caramoor, a benefit concert gala at Ravinia's Bennett-Gordon Hall, and the title role in the Merry Widow with Opera on the James.
Recent engagements include appearances as Miss Jessel in Glyndebourne's production of The Turn of the Screw, as Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Opera Panama, as Mimì in Opera Pacific's production of La bohème conducted by John DeMain, for which she was named Most Promising Young Artist, as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Madison Opera and the Westfield Symphony, as Pallade Athena in Gluck's Paride ed Elena with Will Crutchfield conducting at The Caramoor Festival, as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, and as Beauty in Giannini's Beauty and the Beast with Baltimore Opera and Kitty Hart in the Opera Pacific production of Dead Man Walking.
Notable roles in her repertoire include Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Nedda in Pagliacci, Marguerite in Faust, Micaëla in Carmen, and Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. Ms. Cobb was a first prize winner of the Farwell Award in Chicago, 2nd place winner at the Metropolitan National Council Auditions in Chicago, a 2007 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition Grant Winner and a two-time finalist in the highly esteemed Loren L. Zachary Competition.
Ms. Cobb has also achieved success on the concert stage in recent appearances with the Fairbanks Symphony in performances of the Verdi Requiem, and in Washington D.C. in November with Strauss' Four Last Songs.