The College of Arts and Architecture


Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 7:30pm
Recital Hall - Music Building

LOCATION: Recital Hall, Music Building, University Park, PA


This performance is available via livestreamed video at Penn State School of Music.

Program: Rachel Copeland, one of the newest faculty members of the Penn State School of Music, presents her inaugural Faculty Recital.

Accompanied by Svetlana Rodionova (piano), the performance will feature Claude Debussy’s Ariettes Oubliées, a set of songs by Richard Strauss, and conclude with familiar art songs on appropriate subject of love.

Rachel E. Copeland continues to receive acclaim as a “revelation with her coloratura soprano leaping easily to impossible heights!” She is a sought-after artist combining her crystalline voice with her compelling and energetic stage presence. Ms. Copeland recently debuted at Avery Fisher Hall as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass to rave reviews, as well as performances with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra in a concert of arias and duets. Other career highlights include the Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Cleveland Opera Theater, Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen with San Diego Opera, Micaela in Peter Brook's Le tragédie de Carmen with Indianapolis Opera, and Woglinde in Wagner’s Das Rheingold and first nymph in Dvorak’s Rusalka with North Carolina OperaShe returned to Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra in 2013 to great acclaim as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, including a national broadcast and her debut at Severance Hall, the prestigious home to the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. Other considerable performances include Ms. Copeland’s appearances as Zdenka in Strauss’s Arabella, Musetta and Mimì in La bohème, Lauretta in Puccini’s beloved Gianni Schicchi, Lucia in Donizett’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Juliette in Gounod’s Romèo et Juliette, Adele in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and Papagena in The Magic Flute. Internationally, Ms. Copeland has performed the roles of Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.

In addition to the operatic stage, Ms. Copeland has been praised for her “elegant and smooth tone” in oratorio and symphonic works. As a frequent performer with the Helena Symphony (MT), Ms. Copeland has most recently sung the role of Eve in Hadyn’s The Creation and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Other notable engagements were with Apollo's Fire for Handel's Messiah, The Choral Society of Durham (NC) as the soprano soloist in Barber’s Prayers of Kierkegaard, and the soprano soloist in Hadyn’s “Lord Nelson’s Mass” and “Missa belle tempori.” 

Dr. Copeland was previously on the faculty of East Carolina University School of Music, where she served as the Associate Director (2016–18), the Coordinator of Graduate Studies (2014–18), and a member of the Voice Faculty (2011–18). In both academic years 2017–18 and 2014–15, Dr. Copleand was nominated for the Robert Wright Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award. Many of Dr. Copeland’s students have received awards, scholarships, assistantships, and are featured in principle roles at the undergraduate and graduate level at prestigious music schools like Boston Conservatory, Indiana University, Florida State University, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the University of North Texas. 

Event End Date: 
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 9:00pm