Known for her absolute precision and fiery coloratura, soprano Rainelle Krause is a versatile and compelling artist. She recently impressed audiences and critics alike at her début at Houston Grand Opera in her signature role, Die Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte. Her performance was praised by Texas Classical Review for its “brilliance, agility, and precision,” and The Houston Chronicle called it, “a smashing company début.” Last season for Ms. Krause brought several significant appearances as Die Königin der Nacht at Bergen Nasjonale Opera, Opera Orchestre Montpellier Occitanie, Staatsoper Berlin Unter den Linden, and at The Metropolitan Opera (cover). She also brought her in-demand Königin to Royal Danish Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theater Basel, Oper Köln, and North Carolina Opera. This season, she reprises her celebrated Königin in a return to the Royal Danish Opera and Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden, and makes her Dutch National Opera, English National Opera, and Nashville Opera débuts in the role.
Other recent highlights include her guest artist appearance with English National Opera’s BBC Proms concert “Horrible Histories: ‘Orrible Opera”, soprano soloist for the Brevard Music Festival’s Carmina burana under Maestra JoAnn Falletta, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera at Royal Danish Opera, the Princess in The Snow Queen at Concertgebouw Amsterdam under the baton of Kent Nagano, Tania in Al gran sole carico d'amore with Theater Basel, Pat Nixon in Nixon in China at The Princeton Festival, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with The Dallas Opera (cover), and featured artist for Opus Opera’s event, Mystique, a circus and opera collaboration.
Ms. Krause has been awarded First Place in the Fielder Grant Competition, Third Place and Audience Favorite in the Orpheus Competition, and has been chosen as one of four winners in the Texas Camerata’s Baroque Aria Competition. She was a finalist in the Lois Alba Competition in Houston as well as the International Mildred Miller Competition in Pittsburgh, a Regional Finalist with the Metropolitan National Council Auditions in New Orleans and St. Louis, and a semi-finalist with the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation and Gari Foundation competitions in New York City. Ms. Krause trained as young artist with the Sankt Goar International Music Festival and Academy in Germany, the Opera Works Advanced Artist Program in Los Angeles in summer 2013, Opera Las Vegas in spring 2013, and the Taos Opera Institute and Opera Nova Costa Rica in 2012. In 2014, she was invited back to Taos as a guest artist, performing in venues all across Taos and Santa Fe.
Some of Ms. Krause’s concert credits include a concert version of La Traviata with the Irving Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Plano Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s Jauchzet Gott with members of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem and Haydn's Pauken messe with the Amarillo Master Chorale, Orff’s Carmina burana with the Plano Symphony, and Vivaldi’s Magnificat with the North minster Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis.
Ms. Krause has performed with Fort Worth's Casa Mañana Theatre in their production of The Sound of Music, as well as the Fort Worth Opera chorus in Le pêcheurs de perles, La Traviata, and Hamlet. She holds a Bachelor of Music (2010) and a Master of Music (2012) in Vocal Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in her hometown of Bloomington, IN. She currently lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and trains on aerial silks.