Rachael Lloyd was born in Maidstone and went to Maidstone Girls Grammar School. She joined the National Youth Choir at the age of 15 and, after finishing her A levels she gained a scholarship to study singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Recent roles have included the role of Mother in the world premiere of Pay the Piper at Glyndebourne, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera House, Emily in Venables 4:48 Psychosis in Paris, Strasbourg and New York, Grimgerde in Wagner’s Die Walküre, Alisa in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Selene in Handel’s Berenice at the Royal Opera House and Miss Jessel in Britten’s Turn Of The Screw and Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at English National Opera.
Other roles have included Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff and Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne, Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado and the role of Mother in Jonathan Dove’s The Day After for English National Opera, Madame Anderson in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris and the title role in Carmen at the Royal Albert Hall.
Rachael regularly performs in concerts around the country. Career highlights have included Handel’s Messiah with the OAE and The Sixteen, both Ravel’s Trois Poemes de Stephane Mallarme and a Shakespeare400 concert with the LPO at the Royal Festival Hall and a recital of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben and Elgar’s Sea Pictures at Lille Opera House. Recent concert highlights have included Amastre in a concert performance of Xerxes with Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company at St John’s, Smith Sq, Grimgerde in Die Walküre with Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO and Handel’s Brockes-Passion with the Ancient Academy of Music at the Barbican
Growing up in Maidstone, the many musical opportunities offered through Kent Music School started me on the path to becoming a professional singer; I shall be forever grateful. I want other children to be as supported and inspired as I was, so I am delighted to be an Ambassador for the KaMYM Trust.