Opera Etc.

Performance Programs • Workshops • Outreach • Lessons & Classes


Rachelle DeMichele, Mezzo-Soprano

Rachelle studied classical voice at The University of Washington in Seattle, receiving a degree in music and vocal performance. Since then she has performed and taught in a variety of musical styles, always returning to her classical roots. Opera roles include: Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Cenerentola in La Cenerentola (Cinderella), Carmen in Carmen, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Isabella in Wuthering Heights, The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Mallika in Lakme, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Charlotte in Werther, and Delilah in Samson et Delilah. She is mom to two adorable girls, who enjoy hearing their mother sing anything and everything and especially love singing and dancing along. Rachelle also has a Master’s degree in the healing arts, and is a practicing Acupuncturist when she’s not singing.

Shamus Hammons, Baritone

Shamus got an early start, singing with the Pasadena Boys Choir as a 1st Soprano when he was 10 years old; he started playing trumpet around the same time. He began playing piano in his late teens, and thus he discovered the joys of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. He picked up the guitar a year later; several years after that he picked up the bass. Singing has never been far from his heart and he studied voice with Thomas Appel for several years. Though he came to opera late, he has many years of performing and stage experience in both contemporary and classical settings behind him.

Deborah Scott, Soprano

Deborah is classically trained, having received her Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Vocal Arts, respectively. She has perfomed in many musical genres, including opera, oratorio, art songs, as well as on concert stages and musical theatre. Opera roles include: Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Pamina, Queen of the Night, and Papagena (though, not all at once!) in Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), and Mimi in La Boheme. Musical Theatre roles include: Jack’s Mother in Into the Woods, Mrs. Bedwin in Oliver, and Leslie in An Evening with Steven Sondheim. She has also sung programs of old pop standards of the 1920s-1940s. Her voice has been heard in TV and film, as she worked as a session singer in Hollywood for several years. She has recorded two CDs, Cherokee Hymns and My Favorite Things, a live recording of her solo concert of an eclectic evening of opera, musical theatre, and pop standards. She has been a voice teacher, acting coach, and music/drama/theatre arts teacher, as well as a working performer for many years.