Renee Rapier

Renee Rapier


A plush, ripe, tonal beauty ...a major discovery
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«Rapier’s seamless portrayal of Rosina’s ambiguous qualities was buttressed by a unified, blistering vocal technique that students can appreciate. From “Una voce poco fa”, colors and ornaments were meticulously placed and musically satisfying. Her ravishing tone in “Contro un cor che accende amor”, traveled the ends of the hall, even throughout, and her duet with Myer, “Dunque io son”, was nothing short of resplendent.»
The Mercury News (2016)
«Renée Rapier brought to the role of Cornelia a dark, velvety mezzo and smoothly controlled, unfailingly eloquent phrasing to match.»
Opera News (2016)
«The radiant mezzo Renée Rapier immediately engaged our ears with a plush, ripe tonal beauty that announced her as a major discovery. In short order, she also captured our hearts with an especially assured Una voce poco fa. Her fresh, spontaneous reading of this thrice-familiar piece immediately established her credentials as a first tier Rosina. Ms. Rapier’s rich lower register was wedded to a solid middle and brilliant top, giving off coloratura sparks as demanded, and coy romantic heat when appropriate.»
Opera Today (2016)
2017Puccini: Madama ButterflySuzuki
2017John Adams: Nixon in ChinaSecond Secretary To Mao
2017Puccini: Madama ButterflySuzuki
2016Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaRosina
2016Bizet: CarmenMercédès
2015Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroCherubino
2014Mozart: Cosi fan tutteDorabella
2013Handel: Giulio Cesare in EgittoCornelia
2012Britten: The Rape of LucretiaLucretia
2011Mozart: Cosi fan tutteDorabella


Praised for her “dark, velvety mezzo” (Opera News) and “exceptional strength and solidity” (San Francisco Classical Voice) Renée Rapier is quickly establishing herself in opera houses around the world. Recently, she appeared as Cherubino in both The Ghosts of Versaillesand Le Nozze di Figaro at LA Opera, as Mrs. Bass in Emmeline with Opera Theatre St. Louis, as Cornelia in Giulio Cesare at Wolf Trap Opera, as the Page in Salome with both the Ravinia Festival and Opera San Antonio, as well as covering the title role of Arden Scott in Jake Haggie's Great Scott in both Dallas and San Diego. Her 2016/2017 season includes a debut with Seattle Opera, a return to San Francisco Opera as Mercédès in Calixto Bieito's provocative production of Carmen, as well as returns to the LA Philharmonic and Opera Parallèle. In 2011 Renée was chosen as a Domingo-Thornton Young Artist at the LA Opera where she made her professional debut as Stephano (Roméo et Juliette). She then joined the prestigious Adler fellowship in 2012, where she performed several roles on the San Francisco Opera stage including Giovanna (Rigoletto), Pantalis (Mefistofele), and Meg Page (Falstaff). Renée was the 2012 winner of the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, and the 2013 winner of the Brava! Opera Theater and James M. Collier Young Artist Program Vocal Competition. Ms. Rapier is also the recipient of the Chautauqua Studio Artist Award, a winner in the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, a national finalist of the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation, a 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions national semifinalist, a finalist of the 2013 Seoul International Music Competition and most recently a semifinalist of Operalia 2015 in London. Ms. Rapier is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where she studied both voice and viola. She also received training at theTafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Chautauqua Opera, and theMerola Opera Program.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Puccini: Madama Butterfly Suzuki Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (Saint Louis) 2017
John Adams: Nixon in China Second Secretary To Mao Los Angeles Philharmonic (Los Angeles) 2017
Puccini: Madama Butterfly Suzuki Seattle Opera (Seattle) 2017
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Rosina Immediately Opera San Jose 2016
Bizet: Carmen Mercédès Immediately San Francisco Opera 2016


Semifinalist, Operalia
Finalist, Seoul international music competition
Semifinalist, Met opera national council auditions
Winner, palm springs opera guild competition