Rachel Arky, Ninetta
Praised for her “golden tone” and handling of “difficult music with a glorious ease” (Edge Media Network Miami), mezzo-soprano Rachel Arky is an emerging singing actress swiftly gaining attention for her dramatic and musical versatility. During the 2018 – 2019 season Ms. Arky performed the role of the Milkmaid in Melissa Shiflett’s My Undying Love with the American Chamber Opera Company and sang a number of concert programs including scenes from the operas of Strauss, Mozart, and Délibes. During the 2017 – 2018 season Ms. Arky made role debuts as the title character in Carmen with Amore Opera, Meg March in Little Women with Annapolis Opera, and Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore with City Lyric Opera, and reprised the role of Maddalena in Rigoletto for her Mississippi Opera debut. Previous engagements include Madame Larina in Eugene Onegin and the Lady in Waiting in Macbeth, both at Chautauqua Opera; Marquise (cover) in La fille du régiment and Tamara (cover) in the world premiere of Ben Moore’s Enemies, A Love Story, both at Palm Beach Opera; and Dorabella in Così fan tutte at DC Public Opera.
Ms. Arky also maintains an active concert schedule. This year she made her Carnegie Hall debut in the Port of Entry Concert, singing a selection from Dina Pruzhansky’s Shulamit. Previously, she appeared with the Helena Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity; Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio; Hunter College Orchestra and Choir in Mozart’s Requiem and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater; and DCINY at Lincoln Center in Mozart’s Coronation Mass (her Lincoln Center debut).
Ms. Arky has placed as a finalist in a number of prestigious competitions, including the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition, Giulio Gari International Voice Competition, Opera at Florham Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition, and Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition (two years in a row). She has also been featured in master classes with several renowned singers and directors, including Frederica von Stade, Thomas Hammons, and Catherine Malfitano. Ms. Arky completed her M.M. at Manhattan School of Music and her undergraduate studies at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.