The Israeli mezzo-soprano, Rachel Frenkel, Frenkel was born in Haifa, but raised by her Brazilian-born mother and Argentinian-born father on Kibbutz Dalia, about 20 miles southeast of the port city. She graduated from the Buchmann-Mehta School of music in Tel-Aviv, studying under Professor Mira Zakai. Although she started as a soprano, she began singing high mezzo soprano roles in 2006. After participating in the New Israeli Opera Studio, she moved to Berlin and continued studying with Ms. Abbie Furmansky. She has won several excellence scholarships and prizes from a.o. Neue Stimmen Competition, the New Israeli Opera, IVAI opera program and The America-Israel Sharet Artists Foundation.
Rachel Frenkel was a member of the studio of the Staatsoper Berlin Unter den Linden for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons, during which period she performed major roles on the main stage in Berlin such as Mercedes in Carmen, Siebel in Charles Gounod’s Faust, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte and Zaida in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia.
Her past engagements include Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Staatstoper Berlin with Daniel Barenboim conducting and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Fenena in Nabucco and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro all at the Wiener Staatsoper. She made her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Stimme des Falken in Die Frau Ohne Schatten and at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden as Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos both with Christian Thielemann conducting. At the Easter and Summer Festival in Salzburg she sang the role of Mercedes in Carmen under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. She recently sang her debut as Der Komponist in Ariadne Auf Naxos at the Staatsoper Hamburg and reprised the role of Cherubino with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
As a concert singer, Rachel Frenkel’s recent highlights include a.o. J.S. Bach's Magnificat (BWV 243) with the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Ton Koopman as well as Antonio Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater with Camerata Salzburg, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein's 1st Symphony with the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and Gustav Mahler's Rückert Lieder with the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra in Osaka.
Rachel Frenkel will return to the Wiener Staatsoper to sing Rosina, Cherubino as well as Angelina in Rossini´s La Cenerentola. With the Budapest Festival Orchestra and maestro Iván Fischer she will perform Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro in the New York Mostly Mozart Festival, Budapest and Konzerthaus Berlin. Other future invitations include Cherubino at the Munich Bavarian State Opera and Chicago Lyric Opera, as well as Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera at the Glyndebourne Festival, Dorabella in a new Dresden Semperoper production of Cosi fan tutte, and Mozart´s Requiem with the Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra.