Rachel Purvis, soprano, is a native of Indianapolis, IN. She is pleased to be making her professional debut as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte with Indianapolis Opera. Most recently, Purvis was seen in the chorus of Puccini’s Tosca with Indianapolis Opera, and sang the title role in Dvořák’s Rusalka under the direction of Luke Housner of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Purvis has performed internationally with La Musica Lirica and the International Opera Performing Experience performing the title role of Suor Angelica, Mimì (La Bohème) and Alice Ford (Falstaff) as well as in choruses of Verdi’s La Traviata and Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites.
Purvis earned her Performer Diploma (2021) and Master’s degree (2020) in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Jane Dutton at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. At IU, she performed the role of Mrs. Grose in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and appeared in the choruses of La Traviata and Wagner’s Parsifal and was featured as Mimì (La Bohème), Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito), Pousette (Manon) and Nedda (Pagliacci) in IU’s graduate opera workshops. During this time, she also was the second prize winner with the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition. She earned her undergraduate degree in voice at Butler University, where she performed the roles of Edith (Pirates of Penzance), First Witch (Dido and Aeneas), Madame Pompous (Too Many Sopranos), and the title role in Suor Angelica.