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Rachel Redmond (Soprano)

Born: Glasgow, Scotland, UK

The Scottish soprano, Rachel Redmond, discovered her love of singing with the Junior Chorus of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the age of 7. She studied at the Music School of Douglas Academy as a teenager and later received her Bachelor opf Arts degree with Honors from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, where she was awarded the Florence Veitch Ibler prize for oratorio performance in her final year (2004). She went on to earn a Master of Music degree, with Merit, at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London (2005).

In 2011, Rachel Redmond was a member of les Jardin des Voix, the academy for young singers of Les Arts Florissants which led to a tour of concerts under the direction of William Christie and Paul Agnew, in France, Spain and New York. In the wake of the Jardin des Voix, she made her debut at the Opera Comique, Paris, performing the role of Iris in Lully’s mythical opera Atys, with Les Arts Florissants. Also with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, she sang the Angel in a European tour of George Frideric Handel’s Jephtha, Captif in Charpentier’s opera David et Jonathas at the Aix en Provence Music Festival and the Edinburgh Festival, with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie, ‘La Tragedie Lyrique’ a concert spanning French Baroque Opera, with Paul Agnew and Les Arts Florissants, Damon in G.F. Handel’s Acis and Galatea, First Witch in Dido and Aeneas and programs of Purcell and Boismortier at William Christie's inaugural Festival at Thiré.

Rachel Redmond recently returned to the Opéra Comique to perform Irene, Léontine and Flore in Les Fetes Venitiennes with Les Arts Florissants, staged by Robert Carsen, followed by her debut at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris as Loena in La belle Hélène. Les Fetes Venitiennes was recently revived with Les Arts Florissants at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Other recent engagements include L'Amour, Une Bergère, Climène and Une Nymphe in Mondonville’s Isbé for the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles in Hungary, J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) with Ensemble Aedes, further concerts with Collegio Ghislieri at the Malta Festival and at BOZAR, Brussels, concerts with Les Cris de Paris as the Angel in Israel in Egypt at the Beaune, Lessay and La Chaise-Dieu Festivals, performances of Les Grands Motets de Rameau et Mondonville on tour with Les Arts Florissants, Jomelli’s Beatus Vir with Collegio Ghislieri at La Chaise-Dieu and Ambronay Festivals, Arethuse in Charpentier’s Actéon, Caecilia in Charpentier’s Caecilia, Virgin and Martyr in Aix en Provence, Ambronay and New York and a recording of Charpentier Oratorio, all with Les Arts Florissants.

Rachel Redmond has also sung Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Rameau’s Pygmalion with the European Union Baroque Orchestra, G.F. Handel’s Messiah with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, G.F. Handel's Esther (the boy) at London’s Wigmore Hall, J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with the Dunedin Consort in Dunblane Cathedral, J.S. Bach's Cantata BWV 199, Christoph Graupner's Diese Zeit ist ein Spiel der Eitelkeit and G.F. Handel's Deutsche arien in the Edinburgh Festival with the Dunedin Consort, Johannes BrahmsRequiem in Glasgow City Halls with the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms in the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, G.F. Handel's Saul in Aldeburgh, Karl Jenkins' Gloria and L.v. Beethoven's Mass in C in the ‘Se’ in Lisbon, Carmina Burana at the Auditorio Manuel de Falla in Granada with Concerts from Scratch.

Rachel Redmond's future plans include performances of J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) with Ensemble Aedes and J.S. Bach's Cantatas and French Motets, with Les Arts Florissants, Purcell's Fairy Queen in Barcelona with Jordi Savall and the Centre Interacional de Musica Antiga, a programme based on La descente d'Orphée aux enfers with Ensemble Correspondences, performances of works by G.F. Handel, Jomelli, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Antonio Vivaldi with Collegio Ghislieri, Arethuse in Charpentier’s Acteon and a series of Les Grands Motets with Les Arts Florissants and a recording of J.S. Bach's Magnificat, in Eb (BWV 243a), with the Dunedin Consort. She currently lives in Paris, France.

Source: Rachel Redmond Website (from Internernet Archive, version of March 13, 2016); Helen Syjes Website (April 20126)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (November 2016)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




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Member of Dunedin Consort:
V-4 (2015): Ripieno
BWV 248/1, 3 & 6 + 4: Echoe

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Rachel Redmond (Helen Sykes)

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