Australian/American soprano Rachelle Durkin began her career by winning three of the top vocal competitions in Australia: The Herald Sun Aria Competition, The Marianne Mathy Scholarship and The Metropolitan Opera Award.
Immediately following her success in Australia, she flew to New York City where she was a recipient of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was excepted into the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
Rachelle went onto becoming an established artist at the Met, singing and covering leading roles for years to come. Most notably, Norina in Don Pasquale (recorded live for Sirius Radio), Lisa in La Sonnambula (recorded live Sirius Radio), Clorinda in La Cenerentola (recorded live Sirius Radio and DVD release), Miss Schlesin in Phillip Glass's Satyagraha (recorded live Sirius Radio and DVD release), Frasquita in Carmen, Masha in Pique Dame, First Flower Maiden in Parsifal (also at Salzburg Festival under the baton of Maestro Levine), and Young Girl in Moses und Aron.
Most recently she performed Tytania in A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Adelaide Festival, she performed in the NYE Gala Concert with The Vienna Pops Orchestra, Violetta in La Traviata, made into the documentary (UNSUNG) for Victory Hall Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni for Pittsburgh Opera and Tosca for Opera Queensland.
A highly adept interpreter of a wide range of repertoire spanning from the baroque to modern masterpieces, other noteworthy performances include: Kumudha in John Adams’ A Flowering Tree for The Perth International Arts Festival, Alcina (c: Richard Hickox), Armida (c: Trevor Pinnock) as well as Angelica Orlando at opera Australia for which she became a Helpmann Award nominee for her outstanding performance in each production, Haydn'sArmida with Pinchgut Opera (c: Antony Walker) in which she was nominated for a Helpmann Award, performance with tenor Matthew Polenzani in “Romance at the Met,” a compilation of Opera’s Most Romantic Moments (iTunes exclusive), soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Detroit Symphony Orchestra (c: Leonard Slatkin) and West Australian Symphony Orchestra (c: Asher Fisch), performances with Bryn Terfel and Lisa Mccune at Leeuwin Estate Winery and in concert with Placido Domingo, and José Carreras.