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Rachel Payne is a native of San Jose, California and her birth announcement actually read 8 lb 1 oz soprano. The latter is still true. An exciting and excitable soprano-her vocal quality reminds listeners of the golden age of singing. As a classical singer living in Los Angeles, her performing experiences varied from mainstage opera and musical theatre to video games and commercial jingles.

This year Rachel performed Euridice in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice for the Independent Opera Company. Some of her favorite stage roles have been Nedda in Pagliacci and The Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd with Pacific Opera Project.

Recently, Rachel released a new collaborative classical album entitled Mourning which takes listeners through the process of wanting, having, losing, and keeping hope after the loss of a child. This album marks the second full vocal release for Rachel. Her first, Twisted Folk, is a solo recording featuring the work of contemporary composers fusing classical folk melodies in modern classical settings. Both albums are available through multiple forums, including Amazon and iTunes.

Last year, Rachel and fellow soprano, Alisa Peterson, began a new venture in the world of podcasts with the start of Operation Opera, a branch of The Transparent Singer: Daring Divas Keep it Real. This is a grass roots forum dedicated to aid singers in navigating the world of creating art that matters. Visit www.thetransparentsinger.com

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Another venture Rachel has made has been into the world of producing for a new musical: Anthem, which was performed as a mentored production in The Chicago Musical Theatre Festival and featured in the New York Fringe Festival in 2014. Visit www.anthemmusical.com for more information.

Rachel recently relocated to Vienna to continue her operatic studies at the Musik und Kunst with Wagnerian Soprano, Linda Watson.