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Rachel Calloway

Title: Adjunct Instructor of Voice
School of Music

As an internationally recognized leading interpreter of contemporary and modern music, mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway brings versatility and compelling insight to stages worldwide. Her work has been praised by the New York Times for “penetrating clarity” and “considerable depth of expression” and by Opera News for her “adept musicianship and dramatic flair.”

Season highlights include performances with Duo Cortona (duos for voice and violin with Ari Streisfeld) on the Resonant Bodies Festival (New York), the SONIC Festival with JACK Quartet, Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles at the Copland House, the music of John Zorn at National Sawdust, collaborations with Pro Musica Hebraica and the Amernet Quartet at the Kennedy Center, the Kennedy Center Jukebox New Music Series, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Oratorio Society of New York in Carnegie Hall, the Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (Princeton), and appearances with the new music vocal ensemble Ekmeles.

Recent engagements include Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Omaha Symphony, Thomas Adès Totentanz (cover) with the New York Philharmonic, the world premiere of Earth by Man Fang at the Southern Exposure New Music Series, Helmut Lachenmann’s TemA at Miller Theater, Donnacha Dennehy’s The Hunger with Alarm Will Sound, and Steven Stucky and Jeremy Denk’s The Classical Style with Robert Spano conducting at Zankel Hall and the Ojai Festival.

Rachel has performed with  the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Series (Green Umbrella), Berkeley Symphony, Ojai Festival, San Francisco Girls’ Chorus, Ensemble Modern, BAM Next Wave Festival, the PROTOTYPE Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Cal Performances, and Lincoln Center Festival.  She has collaborated with the Amernet Quartet, Boston’s Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Dolce Suono Ensemble, and the Biava Quartet.  She made her European operatic debut as Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw at Opéra de Reims, Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jovet (Paris) and Opéra de Lille.  She has performed with Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival in Virginia, Tulsa Opera, Central City Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, and the Glimmerglass Festival.  She has appeared at the Kennedy Center under the auspices of Pro Musica Hebraica.

Rachel is a founding member of Shir Ami, an ensemble dedicated to the preservation and performances of lost and unknown Jewish art music. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School (BM) and Manhattan School of Music (MM).  She joined the faculty of the Cortona Sessions for New Music (Italy) in 2014 and can be heard on Albany Records, Tzadik Records, BCMF Records, and Toccata Classics.