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. She is dedicated to inspiring-through fantastic performance and production-anyone she comes across as an entertainer, colleague, mentor, or friend. Her performing experience has varied from mainstage opera and musical theatre to television, film and commercial jingles. Her common threads are quality, professionalism, and enjoyment. She performs locally in Los Angeles and recently performed internationally in Austria and Italy. Recent live performances have been as Nedda in Pagliacci, Soprano in Anthem, Mrs. Nolan in The Medium, Berta in The Barber of Seville, The Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Micaela in Carmen, Dido in Dido and Aeneas; and Inez in Verdi's Il Trovatore. Rachel's other passion for producing led to the development of a collaborative album entitled Mourning. This work takes listeners through the process of wanting, having, losing, and keeping hope after the loss of a child. See the digital booklet here. Her first, Twisted Folk, is a solo recording featuring the work of contemporary composers fusing classical folk melodies in modern classical settings. Another venture in the world of producing for Rachel was for a musical called Anthem. After a successful performance in January of this year, Anthem was accepted as a mentored production in the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival where it was successfully performed. After which, Anthem had five performances in the NYC Fringe festival where it received glowing reviews and is now a tax deductible entity through the Pasadena Arts Council's Emerge Program. Earlier last year, Rachel and fellow soprano, Alisa Peterson began a new venture in the world of blogging with the start of The Transparent Singer: Daring Divas Keep it Real. This is a grass roots forum developed to aid singers in navigating the world of creating art that matters. Visit the news section for updates on these and other projects in development!