Mezzo-soprano Rachel Wood has appeared in opera, concert, and recital performances across Canada, the United States, Italy, and the Netherlands. She 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, she 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.
Dr. Wood 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. Recent projects include a performance of Fauré and Barber vocal chamber music with the Madison Symphony Orchestra Rhapsodie Quartet; “A Clara Schumann Celebration” with colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; and a Schubertiade at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with pianists Martha Fischer and Bill Lutes. In 2018, Dr. Wood and pianist Javier Arrebola presented a guest artist recital entitled “Dona Nobis Pacem: Songs of War, Loss, and Hope” at SongFest at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, California, where she was also a featured soloist in performances under the direction of John Harbison and Michael Barrett. She recently appeared in SongFest's 25th Anniversary Celebration “Songs of Unity & Hope” as a panel moderator and performer. In the Midwest, Dr. Wood has performed as a soloist with the Madison Bach Musicians, Wisconsin Chamber Choir, Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, Lake Forest Civic Orchestra, Janesville Choral Union, and Whitewater Chamber Players.
Dr. Wood 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, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, and in 2020 was one of twelve singers selected to participate in the prestigious National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program. She has served as a Lecturer of Voice at the University of Western Ontario, and an Associate Instructor at Indiana University. Dr. Wood is currently an Assistant Professor and Voice Area Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she teaches studio voice, lyric diction, song literature, and voice pedagogy.