Rachael was born and study singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and graduated four years later with a BMus Hons. Whilst there she made her BBCproms debut singing the role of the Queen in Mendelssohn’s Elijah conducted by Kurt Mazur and her debut singing Elgar’s Sea Pictures at St John’s, Smith Sq. From the Guildhall she went on to join the chorus at Glyndebourne Opera House. In her time there she understudied many roles and made her professional debut with them in 2005 singing the role of Shelley in the world premiere of Jonathan Lunn’s opera Tangier Tattoo. In the same year she was also the recipient of the Glyndebourne Wessex Award for promising young singers and in 2006 left the chorus to pursue her solo career.
Since then she has sung roles with many major opera companies both in the UK and in Europe. Her roles have included Cornelia/Giulio Cesare for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Meg Page/Falstaff for Glyndebourne On Tour, Mme Anderssen/A Little Night Music for Theatre Chatelet in Paris, Maddalena/Rigoletto for Iford Arts, Dido/Dido and Aeneas for Theater Thuringen in Germany, Kate Pinkerton/Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera House, Aristea/L’Olympiade for Buxton Festival, Amastris/ Xerxes for English Touring Opera and the title role in Carmen for Raymond Gubbay Ltd at the Royal Albert Hall.
For English National Opera, Rachael has sung Pitti Sing/The Mikado, Third Lady/ The Magic Flute ,the role of Woman/Mother in the U.K. premiere of Jonathan Dove's post apocalyptic opera The Day After, Miss Jessel/Turn of the Screw and Dido/Dido and Aeneas. Recent roles at the Royal Opera House include Alisa/Lucia di Lammermoor, Wellgunde/Das Rheingold and Die Götterdamerung, Emily/4:48 Psychosis and Selene/Berenice by Handel.
Rachael regularly performs in concerts around the country. Highlights have included Handel’s Messiah with the OAE and The Sixteen, both Ravel’s Trois Poemes de Stephane Mallarme and a Shakespeare400 concert with the LPO at the Royal Festival Hall, a recital of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben and Elgar’s Sea Pictures at Lille Opera House, a series of Messiah’s in Kristiansund, Norway, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Gala concert with Ulster Orchestra, Amastre in a concert performance of Xerxes with Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company at St John’s, Smith Sq and Grimgerde in Die Walküre with Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO.
Rachael is to be found on a number of recordings. In her early twenties she was one of the soloists on the number one album of Karl Jenkins The Armed Man-A Mass for Peace and the mezzo soprano soloist on a disc of Humphrey Clucas’s Crucifixus. In 2012 she recorded the mezzo soprano solos in Patrick Hawes’s Lazarus Requiem and the role of Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the Armonico Consort both under the record label Signum Classics. Most recently Rachael performed in the premiere recording of Gary Davison’s beautiful Requiem with Wells Cathedral Choir which was released in 2018.
Future plans include Emily in Philip Venable’s 4:48 Psychosis for the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Aglaonice in Philip Glass’s Orphèe for ENO, and her reprisal as Alisa in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the ROH.
"Rachael Lloyd is a beautifully bossy Pitti Sing and her plummy mezzo adds glamour."