Rachel Sparer Bersier, soprano, has sung throughout the United States and Europe and has been heralded in the press for her interpretation of Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” in England: “(Opera Festival) Broomhill was lucky to have Rachel Bersier from New York as Ariadne, for this is an astonishing talent. I have never heard a singer so obviously gifted for roles like Brunnhilde and Isolde, with an attack and timbre like Varnay’s or Nilsson’s… A glorious sound, which made a spell-binding effect.” — Tom Sutcliffe,The Guardian.
Leading roles include Turandot, Tosca, Norma, Vanessa, Donna Anna, Elisabeth in Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Mathilde from Mascagni’s “Silvano” which she performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall in New York and recorded for Elysium Recordings Inc. Amongst other roles, she has sung Agathe in “Der Freischütz” and as an apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera, has had the opportunity to understudy several major roles. Her oratorio and concert works include R. Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Elijah; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, and Verdi’s Requiem which she continues to enjoy performing.
Born and raised in New York City, she was awarded the first prize in the Wagner Division of the Liederkranz Competition, third prize in the Verviers International Vocal Competition in Belgium, and was a finalist in the Lucia Albenese Competition in Los Angeles as well as the Francesco Vinas Competition in Barcelona. Amongst other awards and scholarships she was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Competition
Rachel is regularly invited to give Master Classes across Europe. She teaches in Germany, France, Italy, Montenegro. She was awarded a Gold Medal for cultural contribution to the community of Borgo Val di Taro, Italy, and has taught for five years at the Académie Internationale d’Été de Nice. From her home base of Switzerland, she teaches private students from her studios in Geneva, Lausanne and Fribourg, and organizes regular opera workshops as well as audition classes for young professional singers.