Rachel Redmond was born in Glasgow. Having discovered her love of singing with the Junior Chorus of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra she studied at the Music School of Douglas Academy and subsequently received her BA Hons from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where she was awarded the Florence Veitch Ibler prize for oratorio performance. She went on to earn an MA with Merit at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
As a member of the prestigious Jardin des Voix, the Academy for young singers of Les Arts Florissants, Rachel Redmond undertook a series of concerts under the direction of William Christie and Paul Agnew in France, Spain and New York. At William Christie’s subsequent invitation she made her début at the Opera Comique, Paris, performing the role of Iris in Lully’s Atys. Also with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, she sang the Angel in a European tour of Handel’s Jephtha, and Captif in Charpentier’s David et Jonathas at the Aix-en-Provence International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. She also took part in ‘La Tragedie Lyrique’, a concert spanning French Baroque Opera, with Paul Agnew and Les Arts Florissants, and Damon in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, First Witch Dido and Aeneas and programs of Purcell and Boismortier at William Christie’s inaugural Festival at Thiré.
Rachel Redmond recently returned to the Opéra Comique to perform Irene, Léontine and Flore in Les Fetes Venitiennes with Les Arts Florissants, staged by Robert Carsen, followed by her début at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris as Loena in La belle Hélène. Les Fetes Venitiennes was recently revived with Les Arts Florissants at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse and Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Other recent engagements include L'Amour, Une Bergère, Climène and Une Nymphe in Mondonville’s Isbé for the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles in Hungary, Bach’s St John Passion with Ensemble Aedes, further concerts with Collegio Ghislieri at the Malta Festival and at BOZAR, Brussels, concerts with Les Cris de Paris as the Angel Israel in Egypt at the Beaune, Lessay and La Chaise-Dieu Festivals, performances of Les Grands Motets de Rameau et Mondonville on tour with Les Arts Florissants, Jomelli’s Beatus Vir with Collegio Ghislieri at La Chaise-Dieu and Ambronay Festivals, Arethuse in Charpentier’s Actéon, Caecilia in Charpentier’s Caecilia, Virgin and Martyr and a recording of Charpentier Oratorio, all with Les Arts Florissants.
Rachel Redmond has also sung Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Rameau’s Pygmalion with the European Union Baroque Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Handel’s Esther at London’s Wigmore Hall, Bach’s St John Passion with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Dunedin Consort in Dunblane Cathedral, Bach Cantata 199, Graupner Diese Zeit ist ein Spiel der Eitelkeit and Handel’s Deutsche Arien in the Edinburgh Festival with the Dunedin Consort, Brahms’ Requiem in Glasgow City Halls with the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms in the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Handel's Saul in Aldeburgh, Karl Jenkins' Gloria and Beethoven Mass in C in the ‘Se’ in Lisbon, Carmina Burana at the Auditorio Manuel de Falla in Granada with Concerts from Scratch.
Rachel Redmond's future plans include performances of Bach St John Passion with Ensemble Aedes and Bach Cantatas and French Motets, with Les Arts Florissants, Purcell's Fairy Queen in Barcelona with Jordi Savall and the Centre Interacional de Musica Antiga, a programme based on La descente d'Orphée aux enfers with Ensemble Correspondences, and performances of works by Handel, Jomelli, Pergolesi and Vivaldi with Collegio Ghislieri.