"Coloratura Rachele Gilmore on the Highs of Opera Performance"
Rachele Gilmore recently posted a picture of herself (above) in her Queen of the Night costume on Twitter with the caption “First attempt at making the mean scary Queen face. I’m not sure it was a total success ;) #magicflute.” Her debut with Opera Philadelphia this week in The Magic Flute, which runs April 19 to 28, is the first time she’s ever sung the famous Queen of the Night arias — the role requires both the rage-face of a Disney villainess and lots of fast, incredibly high notes that only a few singers, called coloratura sopranos, have the physical ability to pull off... Read More
"How Do You Get to the Metropolitan Opera?"
A pedestrian on 57th Street in Manhattan once stopped Jascha Heifetz and inquired, "Could you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?" "Yes," said Heifetz. "Practice!" If you asked coloratura Rachele Gilmore how to get to The Metropolitan Opera, she will tell you...
"Soprano Poised to Hit a High Note (or Several) in FGO's 'Sonnambula' "
Gilmore, who stars in Florida Grand Opera’s production of Bellini’s La Sonnambula, which opens Saturday night, left her apartment in Forest Hills, Queens, and drove her Toyota Highlander through rush-hour traffic to Lincoln Center. There she would face the toughest opera audience in the United States, a group that would include critics, bloggers, fellow singers, and fanatical opera fans who own 20 recordings of La Bohème Read More
"INTERVIEW: Rachele Gilmore, opera singer
Rachele Gilmore is a young star of the opera world. She is a coloratura soprano (for those who don't know what this is, check the video below and you'll get it: amazing vocal skills and almost ultrasonic sounds!) who recently did her MET debut (The Metropolitan Opera of NYC) and shined among world opera stars, such as Anna Netrebko with her interpretation of Olympia... Read More
"Rachele Gilmore's 100 mph Fastball"
Today, opera has pretentious undertones that scare people away. Okay, yes, it’s probably the undertones and all of the foreign speakey-talk. I myself didn’t really get into opera until I learned that reading the libretto beforehand wasn’t considered cheating. Anyway, it’s a shame that so many people don’t give opera a try. Opera was never meant to be inaccessible. There was a time when it was simply the popular entertainment of the day, just like movies are now... Read More
"Jet-setting Soprano takes on Most Difficult Role Yet in KO's I Puritani"
When I first sat down to chat with soprano Rachele Gilmore in January of 2010, she had just arrived in Knoxville for rehearsals of last season’s Knoxville Opera production of Lucia di Lammermoor, in which she was singing her debut of the title role of Lucia. Ordinary questions I might have asked any other young soprano at the beginning of a career, however, had been rendered a bit meaningless by a delightful, but surprising, turn of events a month earlier.
"Conversations: Rachele Gilmore"
She might rock out to Led Zeppelin and The Beatles off stage, but this opera phenom’s high-octave power plays have been bringing audiences to their knees around the world...
"New York Soprano (And YouTube Sensation) brings Drama and Fireworks to KOC's Upcoming Lucia di Lammermoor"
Arriving a few minutes early for my interview with the young soprano Rachele Gilmore, I readily accepted the offer to sit in on the end of the day’s rehearsals for Knoxville Opera’s upcoming production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. In the rehearsal underway, Gilmore, in the title role of Lucia, was singing the Act I, Scene 3 aria “Regnava nel silenzio.” I had barely slumped into a chair in the back of the rehearsal hall when I sat back up, somewhat surprised that the voice I was hearing was perhaps even more special than I had suspected... Read More