Dublin soprano Rachel Croash is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Maynooth University. In January 2018 she performed in the premiere of Brian Irvine’s Opera - It’s all about like……, commissioned for the launch of Irish National Opera, and she made her stage debut with the company in Mozart’s The Opera Director in April 2018. Her 2017 performance as Úna in Robert O’Dwyer’s Eithne (Opera Theatre Company) has recently been issued on CD on the RTÉ lyric fm label. She has been an Opera Theatre Company Hub artist and the recipient of numerous awards including a Wexford Festival Opera Aria Friends Bursary in 2015 and the PwC/Wexford Festival Opera Emerging Young Artist Bursary in 2016. She was a finalist in the 9th Festspiele Immling International Singing Competition and was subsequently invited back to perform Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice as well as Gilda in selected scenes of Verdi’s Rigoletto in the Festival's Verdi Gala in 2017.
Her other opera roles include Elvira in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri (Blackwater Valley Opera Festival), Mademoiselle Silberklang in Mozart’s The Opera Director (Irish National Opera), Mrs Coyle in Britten’s Owen Wingrave (Opera Collective Ireland), Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Lismore Opera Festival), Susanna in Wolf-Ferrari’s Susanna’s Secret (Opera Theatre Company), Reneé in Delius’s Koanga (Wexford Festival Opera), Serafina in Donizetti’s Il Campanello, Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel; Annina in Verdi’s La traviata (ShortWorks at Wexford Festival Opera), Valencienne in Lehár’s The Merry Widow (Lyric Opera Productions), Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen (RTÉ Concert Orchestra; Cork Operatic Society), Gorm in Tom Lane’s Flatpack, Ulysses Theatre Company) and Narrator in Brian Irvine’s The Oldest Woman in Limerick (Wide Open Opera).