Rachel Selan, mezzo-soprano, is praised for "singing with a radiant mezzo." Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, she is becoming a sought after talent on the east coast. She was a resident artist with Dicapo Opera Theatre for three seasons. With Dicapo, she performed in Iolanta (Marta), The Consul (Vera Boronel), Rigoletto (Giovanna), Giannini's Beauty and the Beast (Sister 2/Voice 2), their Tuxedo Park gala, and Zita in their "Opera for Kids" production of Gianni Schicchi .

Other notable operatic and musical theatre performance credits include Hansel and Gretel (Hansel), Carmen (Carmen cover), Little Women (Jo cover, Aunt Cecelia), The Crucible (Rebecca Nurse), Thaïs (Albine), The Medium (Mrs. Nolan, Baba cover), Le nozze di Figaro (Marcellina), Suor Angelica (Principessa), The Mikado (Pitti Sing), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife), The Music Man (Alma Hix), and The King and I (Lady Thiang cover).

This March she will make her debut with Utopia Opera in their double-bill of Ravel's L’Enfant et les Sortelèges and Arthur Sullivan's The Zoo. She will perform the roles of Eliza in The Zoo and the Dragonfly in L’Enfant et les Sortelèges.

She has also performed with Sugar Creek Symphony and Song, Opera Company of Middlebury, New Jersey Verismo, Boston Opera Collaborative, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Needham Opera, The Boston Wagner Society, Repertory Opera Company, and the Boulder Broadway Company.

Miss Selan has been privileged to be collaborate and perform in many new works. Before leaving Boston, she was fortunate to create and perform the role of Henry Ford in the world-premiere of Isaac Schankler’s Light and Power, in which she had the opportunity to work with the composer. She also has had the honor of working on the world-premiere of Sara McKinnon, under the direction of the show's librettist, Tony award-winning librettist Mark Medoff. She covered the role of Lorena while performing as ensemble in the world-premiere of Larry Bell’s Holy Ghosts, and well as the role of Fay Doyle in the west-coast premiere of Lowell Lieberman’s Miss Lonelyhearts.

She made her Jordan Hall debut in NEC’s production of Cole: A Celebration of the Life, Words, and Music of Cole Porter; since then returning to the Jordan Hall stage as a soloist in the world-premiere of Percy Grainger’s Random Rounds, as Sally in Samuel Barber's A Hand of Bridgeand in Sondheim’s musical revue, Side by Side by Sondheim.

Miss Selan received her Bachelor in Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Masters in Vocal Performance at the University of Southern California and obtained her Graduate Diploma from New England Conservatory of Music. She currently resides in New York City where she studies with Margaret Lattimore.


**updated January 2015**