Rachel Sterrenberg


The soprano, Opera Philadelphia’s inaugural Emerging Artist, appeared in the company’s world premiere of Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD. She reprises her portrayal of Chan Parker this season in London and Madison. At Opera Philadelphia her roles have also included Sara/Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain (East Coast premiere), Annina/La traviata, and Mrs. Coyle/Britten’s Owen Wingrave. Last season Sterrenberg sang her first Carmina Burana with the Reading Choral Society and was heard with the Aizuri Quartet. She has also sung with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Curtis Chamber Orchestra (with Robert Spano conducting). At Curtis, where she received her master’s degree, she portrayed such heroines as the title role/Iolanta, Anne Trulove/The Rake’s Progress, Adina/L’elisir d’amore, Blanche de la Force/ Dialogues des Carmèlites, and Armida/Rinaldo. A former Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Sterrenberg won second place in the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Region of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions after winning in the Philadelphia District. More recently she has received the prestigious Richard F. Gold Career Grant.

Lyric debut: Chan Parker/ Charlie Parker's Yardbird (2016|17)

Last updated: March 24, 2017