Congratulations to our 2017 Nordica Memorial Scholarship winner, Rachel Shukan.
Rachel Shukan is a senior at The University of Southern Maine, from Woburn Massachusetts, studying with Ellen Chickering. She has participated in Opera Workshop performing scenes as Despina from Cosi fan tutte, the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, and Leila, the fairy, in Iolanthe. She performed the complete role of Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea in her sophomore year. She sang a full length Junior Recital in the fall of 2016. She was selected to sing in The University of Southern Maine’s 2016 Honors Recital and this year's (2017) Honors Recital. At Maine NATS in the spring of 2016, she took first in her division. In 2017, she, once again took first in her division, Division V, and was awarded the Linda Freeman award for best Italian, along the Nordica Scholarship. Rachel sang in the chorus of Opera Maine’s productions of Verdi’s La Traviata (2017), Bizet’s Carmen (2016) and Puccini’s Tosca (2015). In her aspirations of becoming an opera singer, she was cast as Alice Ford in this year’s production of Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, a full production with orchestra. Most recently she won the Eleanor Erdman and Diane Nixon Vocal Excellence Prize in the Bay Chamber Young Stars of Maine competition.