Rachelle Gerodias

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Maria Rachelle Gerodias,
award-winning Filipino soprano

Maria Rachelle Gerodias is a Filipino premiere soprano and one of the country’s topnotch opera performers.

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Education

She graduated cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Professor Gloria Coronel. She received her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Vocal Literature from the famed Eastman School of Music in New York; she also holds a Professional Diploma in Operatic Studies from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Career

She sings oratorios, musicals, art songs and Kundimans. She has collaborated with some of today's most celebrated artists like Peter Schmidle of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and respected conductors Georg Tintner, Piero Gamba, Oscar Yatco, Ryan Cayabyab, Yaacov Bergman, and Christoph Eschenbach, National Artist Rolando Tinio and Julian Quirit among many others. Her collaboration with Mirella Freni, an Italian opera soprano, makes her the only Filipina to have ever worked with the legendary opera diva.

She has also recorded “A Proposito” featuring the music of Faye Miravite and “Souvenirs de Pilipinas,” a selection of compositions by Francisco Santiago, with Raul Sunico. Filipino-Chinese tycoon George Yang happens to be her voice student. She has also worked with German-based tenor, Abdul Candao.

She has assumed lead roles in more than 20 different productions in the US, Japan and the Asia Pacific. Recently, she was applauded in her role as Susanna in "The Marriage of Figaro" as staged by the Singapore Lyric Opera.

Among Gerodias’s international performances that received high acclaim is her European debut at the Volksoper Wien in Vienna, Austria in April 2008, where she sang the role of Liu in Puccini’s Turandot. She also performed in the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2009 New Year Concert, held at the National Theater of Sarajevo, under Uros Lajovic. In Japan, she performed at the Pacific Music Festival as Despina in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. She captivated audiences in Singapore with her renditions of Kathy in The Student Prince, Micaëla in Carmen, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Liu in Turandot.

She has recorded with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestras conducted by Maestro Redentor Romero. As soloist, Gerodias has performed with the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra, International Bamboo Organ Festival, The Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, World Youth Orchestra and Northeast German Philharmonic Orchestra under Koji Kawamoto in the 2003 Toyota Classics concert.

She represented the Philippines as one of the featured soloists of the China National Symphony Orchestra in Beijing for the 2009 Asia-Europe Culture and Arts Festival. She also performed with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra for the World Expo in Shanghai.

She was also a regular guest in the defunct television show, Aawitan Kita Special.

In October 2010, she joined an international cast of singers as she performed the lead role in a production of Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Daegu International Opera Festival 2010 in South Korea, making her the first Filipina to perform at the Daegu Opera House. Some of her most recent operatic triumphs include performing the roles of Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the 2012 Daegu International Opera Festival in Korea.

Gerodias is currently a voice faculty at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music. She was formerly a member of the University of the Philippines College of Music Voice Faculty.

She is a member of The Zonta Club of the Philippines and the UNWomen. She recently set up the Rachelle Gerodias Music Foundation Inc., a scholarship foundation that supports the formal education of qualified musicians geared toward serving in the Unida Evangelical Church Music Ministry.

She recently performed with the L’Orchestra Citta di Firenze under the baton of Maestro Castriota. She can be heard on several CD recordings made with renowned Filipino and international artists.


Awards and recognition

  • 2012 - TOTAL The Outstanding Thomasian Award
  • 2010 - TOYM The Outstanding Young Men
  • 2010 - Most Outstanding Lagunense award
  • 2009 - Most Outstanding San Pedronian Award
  • 1990 - 1st Prize in the “Kundiman ng Lahi” Competition
  • 1990 - 2nd Prize in the National Music Competition for Young Artists
  • 1992 - 1st Prize in the Mozart Aria Competition
  • Recipient of The Young Thomasian Alumna Achiever Award.
  • 1995 - 1st prize of the Civic Morning Musicals Vocal Competition in Syracuse, NY.
  • Recipient of the Aliw Award's Hall of Fame: Best Female Classical Artists.

These recognitions are a proof of her love for the Opera and her dedication to her craft.

Roles/Performances

The following are some of her critically acclaimed operatic roles in the United States, Europe, the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore:

  • Violetta in La Traviata (Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2012)
  • Rosina in Il Barbiere di Sevilla (Daegu Opera House, Daegu, Korea 2010)
  • Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte
  • Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and the title role in Suor Angelica
  • Lilla in Una Cosa Rara
  • Madmoiselle Silberklang in Die Schauspiel Direktor
  • Ernestine in Offenbach's operetta, RSVP
  • Tiresias (understudy) in Poulenc's Le Mamelle de Tiresias
  • Musetta in La Boheme
  • Bastienne in Bastien und Bastienne
  • Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi
  • Seraphina in Il Campanello
  • Kathy in The Student Prince
  • Micaela and Frasquita in the Singapore Lyric Opera's (SLO) production of Carmen
  • Susanna in Singapore Lyric Production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
  • Tatayana in the Philippine premier of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
  • Adele in Die Fledermaus, an operetta in three acts
  • Adina in L’Elisir D’Amore (Hong Kong)
  • Liu in Puccini's Turandot (Volksoper Wien, in Vienna, Austria) 2007, a role reprised in 2008 in Singapore Lyric Opera's production of Turandot


An excerpt of her acclaimed role as Liu in Turandot was part of a recent opera highlights production called Hades' Ladies which featured arias of tragic female roles whose characters committed suicide.

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