"Rachel Sparrow was dewily sweet as the girl that Mack has swept off her feet and actually married. And Lucy…another of Mack’s many women, nicely dueled with Polly in their Jealousy Duet." -- Indiana Public Media (2013)
“Sparrow hits gorgeous operatic notes out of the park as Jenny Lind.” – Chicago Theater Beat (2012)
“Rachel Sparrow has all the vocal talent she needs to portray Swedish opera star Jenny Lind.” -- Chicago Reader (2012)
“Andrew Park has cast a bona fide opera singer, Rachel Sparrow, to play Barnum's "Swedish Nightingale," Jenny Lind. She does a lovely job with her solo.” -- Talkin' Broadway Regional (2012)
“Following close behind, in second place, was soprano Rachel Sparrow, who mesmerized the panel in the semis with her nuanced delivery of the “Bell Song” from Delibes’ Lakmé;… it was her energetic version of “Glitter and be Gay” from Bernstein’s Candide, however, that likely won her the Audience Choice Award.” – Comic Opera Guild (2014)
“Four highly talented, charismatic voice students from Northwestern: Rachel Sparrow, soprano, …(mezzo, tenor, and bass)… combined to sing the Quartet from Rigoletto. Their stage presence and dramatic facial expressions added to the marvelous singing.” – Kenosha, WI News (2013)
(photo by Rafael Porto)
Gretchen (& Kathie cover),The Student Prince Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre 2014 Cosette (cover), Les Misérables Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre 2014 Mabel, The Pirates of Penzance Indianapolis Opera Ensemble 2014 Polly, The Threepenny Opera Indianapolis Opera 2013 Lucia, Lucia di Lammermoor La Musica Lirica, Italy 2013 Drusilla, L'incoronazione di Poppea Northwestern University 2013 La Fée, Cendrillon Petite Opera Productions, Park Ridge, IL 2012 Ortensia, Bastianello by John Musto Northwestern University 2012 Jenny Lind, Barnum! Quest Theatre Ensemble, Chicago 2012 Pamina, Die Zauberflöte (concert version) Northwestern University 2012 Genevieffa, Suor Angelica Idaho Falls Opera Theatre 2011 Solo opera, La voix humaine Modern Theatre Duo, Nashville, TN 2010
Roles in Preparation
Norina, Adina, Olympia, Sophie (Werther), Baby Doe, Cunegonde,Adele, Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier).
Songs by Toivo Tulev (U.S. Premiere) Northwestern University 2013 Gilda, Rigoletto Quartet KenoshaWisconsin Symphony Orchestra 2013 “Brindisi,” La Traviata Philharmonia Orchestra, Northwestern University 2013 Gloria by Robert A. Harris Millennium Park, Chicago 2012 Unfurling by Jivin Misra (World Premiere) Northwestern University 2012
2nd Place Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition 2014 Encouragement Award Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions 2013 1st Place Evanston Music Club Competition, 2013 1st Place National Association of Teachers of Singing Illinois 2012 2nd Place Nicholas Loren International Vocal Competition 2012 Eckstein Scholarship Recipient Northwestern Bienen School of Music 2011
MM, Northwestern University, 2013 BM, Idaho State University, 2010 BME, Idaho State University, 2010
Piano (14 years); Violin (19 years); Dance (ballroom, highland, swing); Diction (Spanish, Portuguese); Accents (Southern American, English dialect, Cockney, Swedish); Teaching (k-12/collegiate level, classroom/ private instruction); Grant writing & Fundraising.