Rachelle Durkin

Rachelle has performed around the world and her brilliant, pure voice and captivating stage presence is a winning combination.

Soprano Rachelle Durkin’s recent performance of Haydn’s Armida earned her a Helpmann Nomination for Best Female Performer in an Opera. The Australian raved, “Rachelle Durkin gave a magnificent performance of Armida. Sustaining focused clarity and excellent dynamic control: pure and silvery in some places, richly coloured in others.”.


The artist began her career by winning the top three vocal competitions in Australia in 2000: The Herald Sun Aria Competition, The Marianne Mathy Scholarship and The Metropolitan Opera Award.

Rachelle Durkin was a recipient of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was accepted into the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program from 2001-2004. She went on to be an established artist at the Met, singing and covering leading roles for years to come.


A highly adept interpreter of a wide range of repertoire spanning from the baroque to modern masterpieces, the artist’s other great successes include the role of Kumudha in John Adams’ A Flowering Tree for Perth’s International Arts Festival; for Opera Australia she sang the title roles Alcina (c: Richard Hickox), Armida (c: Trevor Pinnock) as well as Angelica Orlando for which she became a Helpmann Award nominee for her outstanding performance in each production.