Chicago-based Soprano Rachael Holzhausen has been described as a "delightful spark" for her portrayal of Oscar in Union Avenue Opera's production of Un Ballo in Maschera.
Rachael is a classically trained singer who is equally comfortable singing anything from musical theater to Mozart. Some of Rachael's favorite performed roles to date include: Madeline/The Face On the Barroom Floor (Central City Opera), Laurie/The Tender Land (Sugar Creek Opera), Ensemble/Show Boat (Lyric Opera of Chicago), and as Megan/Big Ben’s Odyssey (with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
Since 2009, Rachael has been a proud Full-time member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus. In addition to her chorus singing duties, Rachael will be covering roles in both Dead Man Walking (Sister Catherine) and Die Walküre (Gerhilde). She is also active in performing for the LOSA (Lyric Opera Stage Artists) Outreach program that brings high quality concerts to area retirement communities.
With a special love for singing sacred choral music, Rachael has collaborated with many noteable Chicagoland churches and synagogues. She most recently joined Fourth Presbyterian church in their professional morning choir, and she continues to sing for weddings and special events held there. She also loves to join Chicago Sinai Congregation for several concerts and services throughout the year. Other local companies and she's had the pleasure of performing with include: Harbor Country Opera, Sugar Creek Opera, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Music of the Baroque, Opera for the Young, Music by the Lake, Chicago Folks Operetta, Chicago Bach Chamber Choir, and Stage Factor Chicago.
A Michigan native, Rachael received her bachelor's of music degree with teacher certification from the University of Michigan, and completed her master's of music degree in voice performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She apprenticed at Central City Opera, Green Mountain Music Festival, and spent two summers immersed in art and music in Italy (U of M's Florence program and CCM's Lucca program).
Rachael is certified to teach k-12 music in both Michigan and Illinois. After taking several years off from teaching, she's excited to be back in the classroom as a substitute teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She enjoys playing her ukulele, and jumps at the chance to play in a drum circle.