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Mezzo-soprano RACHEL CALLOWAY has performed to acclaim throughout North America, both in opera and on the concert stage. She appeared at Glimmerglass Opera as a member of the prestigious Young American Artists Program and has also sung with Tulsa Opera, Central City Opera, and Gotham Chamber Opera. Her operatic roles include Madame de Croissy in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Nancy in Albert Herring, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Luisa in Luisa Fernanda, and Dido in Dido and Aeneas. Equally at home in musical theater, Calloway has performed such roles as Bloody Mary in South Pacific, Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, and Golde in Fiddler on the Roof. As an oratorio soloist, she has performed the Mozart Requiem as well as Bach’s St. John Passion, the latter for Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS. An avid recitalist, Calloway has appeared at Steinway Hall, the Chautauqua Institution, Alice Tully Hall, Glimmerglass Opera, and the Academy of Music (Philadelphia).
A proponent of contemporary and lesser-known music, Calloway has performed Pierrot Lunaire at Alice Tully Hall, Columbia University, and the Juilliard School, and has also performed in the FOCUS! Festival of New Music. Calloway recently performed the world premiere of Kareem Roustom’s That Which is Adored at Tufts University, and has premiered countless other works at the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Cornell University, and Temple University. Calloway is also active as a member of Shir Ami, an ensemble dedicated to the preservation and performance of Entartete Musik, or “degenerate music” that was condemned by the Nazi regime.
A winner of numerous awards and honors, Calloway was a Covent Garden Jette-Parker Young Artist Program Finalist at the Royal Opera House in London, England. As winner of the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition, Calloway performed Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony, conducted by George Manahan. She was a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts and has also received awards from the Metropolitan National Council, first prize in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, two Central City Opera Young Artist Awards, and the Center for Contemporary Opera’s International Voice Competition. A native of Philadelphia, Calloway holds degrees from both the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music and maintains an active teaching studio.