Mezzo-soprano Rachel Wood has appeared in opera, concert, and recital performances across Canada, the United States, Italy and the Netherlands. Rachel is a graduate of the Opera Studio Nederland in Amsterdam, where she performed the title role in The Rape of Lucretia, La Natura and Endimione (La Calisto), and Penelope (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria). At Indiana University, Rachel performed the roles of Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), and Alma March (Little Women). Other opera credits include Madame de Croissy (Dialogues des Carmélites), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), and Dame Doleful in the Canadian premiere of Too Many Sopranos.
Rachel has given art song and chamber music recitals throughout North America and has appeared as a soloist in concert performances with instrumental and choral ensembles. She studied art song at the Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music in Calgary, Alberta, and at Songfest in Malibu, California, where she was a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow. Rachel has returned to Calgary as a recitalist with the Mountain View Connection concert series.
Rachel completed her Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University, and holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Western Ontario. She furthered her studies at the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, Accademia Europea dell’Opera, and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. Rachel has served as a Lecturer of Voice at the University of Western Ontario, and an Associate Instructor at Indiana University. In 2015, Rachel joined the voice faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she teaches studio voice, lyric diction, song literature, and voice pedagogy.