Winner of the 2014 MONC Connecticut District Auditions, Rachelle Pike hails from Christchurch, New Zealand. She is a recent graduate from the Manhattan School of Music with a Masters in Music in Professional Studies. Prior to that she received her received her undergraduate degree from the University of Canterbury and became a member of New Zealand Opera’s Emerging Artist program.
In 2015-16 she made her role debut as Mary in Der fliegende Holländer with Virginia Opera and reprised the role of Flora in La traviata with New Zealand Opera. In addition, was soloist with the Richmond Symphony in their presentation of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.
During the 2014-15 season she returned to Gotham Chamber Opera to cover Eva in Comedy on the Bridge and joined Opera Santa Barbara in their Rigoletto as Countess Ceprano and coveried Maddalena. She made her role debut as Tisbe in La Cenerentola with New Zealand Opera.
In the spring of 2014 she was named a Freemasons Dame Malvina Major Young Artist with New Zealand Opera during which time she sang the role of Flora in their production of La traviata. That fall Ms. Pike worked with companies in New York of Gotham Chamber Opera in their production of Baden-Baden in the fall of 2014 and Teatro Grattaceilo where she covered the role of Priyàmvada in Alfano’s Sakùntala. During the summer of 2013 she apprenticed with the Chautauqua Opera where she sang the role of Auntie in Peter Grimes and covered the role of Quickly in Falstaff. She was also featured in an all-Wagner/Verdi concert where she sang selections from the Wesendonck Lieder under the baton of Steven Osgood.
While engaged with New Zealand Opera, she was assigned the roles of Mercedes in Carmen, Alice (cover) in Lucia di Lammermoor, Die Dreite Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel. Her roles at the Manhattan School included; the role of Dorabella (cover) in Così fan tutte; the sung roles of Candelas in de Falla’s El Amor Brujo, the role of Duchess in Dreaming of Wonderland, Marthe in Faust, Samira in The Ghosts of Versailles and Begbick in Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny.
Ms. Pike has been heard in concert with the Chautauqua Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in New Zealand, the Southern Sinfonia and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
“…but they both had to play support to the massive whonking mezzo of Rachelle Pike as Begbick. Her easy access to a fat, booming chest voice was just stunning, and it wasn’t until the curtain call that one realized she has quite a pretty face: her Leocadia’s expressions properly remained in the narrow range from smug to sneering.”
—James Jordan, Parterre.com, Aufstieg und Fall der Mahagonny, 2013