2017–18 Season: Flora Bervoix in La Traviata
After receiving her training as a San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow (2012–13) and Los Angeles Opera Domingo Thornton Young Artist, mezzo-soprano Renée Rapier has gone on to make debuts with Los Angeles Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Ravinia Festival, and Seattle Opera. Her 2016–17 season included returns to Seattle Opera (Suzuki in Madama Butterfly), Opera Parallèle, and a debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Rapier was the 2012 winner of the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, and the 2013 Brava! Opera Theater and James M. Collier Young Artist Program Vocal Competition. She also was a 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions semifinalist, a finalist of the 2013 Seoul International Music Competition, and a semifinalist at Operalia 2015. She appeared as Mercédès in the Company’s 2016 production of Carmen and made her San Francisco Opera debut as a Maid in Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne. Later this season, Rapier makes her Ring cycle debut as Grimgerde in the Company’s Die Walküre.