American soprano Rachel Policar has been described by critics as “a standout” ”spectacular”, “silver‐voiced” and “a natural comedienne” for her recent appearances. In the 2017/18 season, Policar makes her role and company debuts as Lisetta, La Gazetta with Pacific Opera Project, Pamina, The Magic Flute with the Southern Illinois Music Festival, Marietta, Naughty Marietta with Light Opera of New York, Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi with ARE Opera, and Zerlina (cover), Don Giovanni with St Petersburg Opera. She also returns to the Bronx Opera to cover/perform the role of Blonde, Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Her season concert performances include her debut as the soprano soloist in Rossini's Messa di Gloria with the Southern Illinois Music Festival, "Younger than Springtime" with the Penn Square Music Festival, and the soprano soloist in Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Mass in C minor and Regina Coeli with New York Choral Society. She returns to Coro Lirico New Jersey for By George! A Tribute to the Gershwins, and the Sanibel Music Festival for a concert series featuring Broadway and Operatic hits. Earlier in 2017, she appeared as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Magnificat with the Garden State Philharmonic, sang with Coro Lirico New Jersey for From Porter to Piaf, and as a soloist in concert with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene for their Galas and concert series. She also competed in the 2018 American Traditions Vocal Competition in Savannah, GA, and took home 4th Prize! In December of 2018, she will return for a solo recital in Savannah sponsored by the Savannah Jewish Federation and JWOL.
The 2016-2017 season included a number of role and company debuts – Adina, L’elisir d’amore with the North Shore Music Festival, Soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the New York Choral Society, and a reprise of Gilda, Rigoletto with the Anchorage Opera, conducted by Brian DeMaris and directed by Jeffrey Marc Buchman. In 2015-16, she debuted as Gilda, Rigoletto with the Asheville Lyric Opera, reprising the role as a Guest Artist with the Janiec Opera Company, conducted by Jerome Shannon and directed by Dean Anthony. She appeared as Kate and the cover for Baby Doe, The Ballad of Baby Doe at Brevard and was a 2016 Resident Artist with the Knoxville Opera, performing as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel for their education outreach program.. She was also seen as Emmie, Albert Herring with the Bronx Opera . In the 2014 season, Ms. Policar debuted as Gretel, Hansel and Gretel with the Dayton Opera, where she was an Artist in Residence for the season. She was a Festival Artist with the Utah Festival Artist, as the cover for Kathie in The Student Prince and the cover for Cosette in Les Miserables, singing excerpts as Musetta, La Boheme and Mabel, Pirates of Penzance. In the summer of 2013, Rachel was a part of the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina. She performed the role of Valencienne in Lehar's The Merry Widow, covered the role of Nannetta in Verdi's Falstaff, and was a member of the original cast for the world premiere of Michael Ching's Speed Dating Tonight. She also originated the title character in the world premiere of Liebovar, a new work by Michael Dutka - performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in a concert commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and was Young Molly Pitcher in the world premiere of The Boston Tea Party Opera by M. Zachary Johnson, performed in New York City at the 13th Street Repertory Theatre.
Rachel is a 2013 First Place winner of the New York Lyric Opera National Vocal Competition, and a 2013 First Place winner of the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Competition. She was a Second Place prize winner of the Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation Award, and a Second Place winner of the 2014 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition. She holds a Master of Music degree in Classical Voice from the Manhattan School of Music, where she performed Le Feu/La Princesse/Le Rossignol in L’enfant et les sortileges under the baton of Ken Merill, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and excerpts as Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring. Her performance credits from Arizona State University, where she earned her Bachelors Degrees in Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre, include Flora in Turn of the Screw, Somewhere Soloist in West Side Story and Yvonne/Naomi in Sunday In The Park with George. Rachel was a four-year recipient of the Miriam L Wolfe Grant for Outstanding Musicians, as well as the Bell Grant for Excellence in Music from Arizona State University. She was also a four-year Dean's Scholarship recipient for her academic excellence.
Rachel is also an active runner, knitter and crossword puzzle enthusiast.