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"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)

Roles  

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).        

Concert Soloist

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

Awards

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  

Education

MM, Northwestern University, 2013  
BM, Idaho State University, 2010      
BME, Idaho State University, 2010

Special Skills

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.