Rachel first came to notice as a dramatic soprano with her highly acclaimed performances as Brünnhilde for Longborough Festival Opera, culminating in complete Ring Cycles in 2013, followed by Isolde in 2014. In 2013 she sang Senta for Scottish Opera and in 2014 Leonore in Fidelio for the Bergen National Opera.
Recent and future engagements include Isolde, Tristan und Isolde for the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Oper Stuttgart, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the Teatro Regio di Torino, the Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and Grange Park Opera, the title role in Elektra for Theater Basel and in Karlsruhe, Brünnhilde in Siegfried with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé (to be released on CD), Fidelio for Lithuanian National Opera, Guinevere Gawain for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth for Karlsruhe and NI Opera, Eva, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for Karlsruhe and ENO. She has recorded Elgar’s Spirit of England with Elder and the Hallé.
Rachel Nicholls was born in Bedford and in 2013 was awarded an Opera Awards Foundation Bursary to study with Dame Anne Evans.