Rachel Deatherage is a captivating performer with a rich, warm timbre. Lauded for her "dark" voice (San Diego Story) with its “shimmering” vibrato (Daily Republic) she gifts her audience with performances that are both vocally and dramatically compelling. At Opera NEO in August 2019 she brought personality and authenticity to the stage, delivering her repertoire with “irresistible vocal panache and knowing inflection” (San Diego Story). Whether portraying the “sweetly overbearing Madame Larina” in Eugene Onegin, or sharing a cabaret scene of Madame Thénardier with “saucy bravado” her dramatic commitment to each character was always evident (San Diego Story).
Ms. Deatherage’s 2020-2021 season included performances of Komponist in NYOF’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Dame Carruthers in the Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company’s Production of The Yeoman of the Guard (postponed), and a new English translation of Getréy’s The Village Trial as André with Columbia University’s NOW (postponed). As a buoyant performer of classical repertoire, she is simultaneously quarantining and working with Cindy Sadler’s DIY Summer Program. A recent winner of The Riverside Opera Company’s 2020 Competition, her quarantine recordings will be showcased in ROC’s forthcoming virtual summer recital.