Dublin soprano Rachel Croash is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Maynooth University. She made her Irish National Opera stage debut in Mozart’s The Opera Director in April 2018 and returned as First Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Kate Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and was one of the soloists in the premiere of Evangelia Rigaki’s This Hostel Life. Her 2017 performance as Úna in Robert O’Dwyer’s Eithne (Opera Theatre Company) was 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 two bursaries at Wexford Festival Opera in 2015. 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 and Gilda in selected scenes of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Her other opera roles include Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème, Mabel in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance and Valencienne in Lehár’s The Merry Widow (Lyric Opera Productions), Elvira in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Blackwater Valley Opera Festival), Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen (Cork Opera House), Reneé in Delius’s Koanga (Wexford Festival Opera), Serafina in Donizetti’s Il campanello, Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Annina in Verdi’s La traviata (ShortWorks at Wexford Festival Opera), Mrs Coyle in Britten’s Owen Wingrave (Opera Collective Ireland) and Susanna in Wolf-Ferrari’s Susanna’s Secret (Opera Theatre Company).