In her 2016/2017 season, American mezzo-soprano Renée Rapier returns to the innovative San Francisco based Opera Parallèle as the Minskwoman in Jonathan Dove’s Flight. She makes her LA Phil debut in these performances of Nixon in China. Her summer will feature her role debut as Suzuki in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at both Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Seattle Opera followed by returns to her home company of San Francisco Opera.
After receiving degrees in both voice and viola from the University of Northern Iowa, Rapier participated in several prominent training programs including Chautauqua Opera and the Merola Opera Program. In 2011, she was chosen to join LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, where she made her professional debut as Stephano in Roméo et Juliette under the baton of Plácido Domingo. Soon after, she joined the prestigious Adler Fellowship at the San Francisco Opera.
Renée has received recognition from several notable competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (national semi-finalist), Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition (first place), the Seoul International Music Competition (finalist), Plácido Domingo’s Operalia (semi-finalist), and the Brava! Opera Theater and James M. Collier Young Artist Program Vocal Competition (first place).