''I express myself through music. It liberates me in ways that words simply cannot. For me, a world without music is no world at all. Through a simple but powerful message, music is what connects people and we, the musicians, are the messengers.''
Canadian soprano Rachel Guertin-Lambertson is known for her great musicality and sensitivity on stage. Her genuine, charming presence, combined with the warmth and agility of her voice, easily captivates the audience, making her a promising young artist.
Her first big appearance was in 2018, when she sang the aria Zerfliesse mein Herze from Bach's Johannes-Passion during the Montreal Bach Festival, at the Church of St. Andrews and St. Paul and at the Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac. In the summer of 2017, she won an important scholarship to participate in the Weimar Bach Cantata Academy, in Germany, directed by the highly acclaimed German director, Helmuth Rilling. During her college and bachelor studies, she played leading roles such as the Fairy Godmother in Massenet’s Cendrillon (2016), Papagena and Knabe Zwei in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (2018), Ida in Strauss's Die Fledermaus (2019), and Noémie in Massenet's Cendrillon (2020).
After recently obtained her Master of Music in classical voice at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with distinction and a very high ranking, Rachel is now engaged in important competitions in Europe, such as the Jacques Offenbach Grand Prix, which takes place in Bad Ems, Germany, in early June 2022, and the Mimas Festival, in Procida Island, Italy, in end of August 2022. During her master studies, Rachel was awarded the prestigious Holland Scholarship and the Talent Grant, from the Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, performed at the Bimhuis, one of the Netherlands' most renown concert halls, and won first and second place in several competitions such as the Progressive Musicians Carnegie Hall Competition (silver medal), the Neapolitan Masters Competition (silver medal, young category), and the Compétition Nouvelles Étoiles (first place, classical voice category). In May 2022, she was be the soloist in the Mozart's cantata Davide Penitente, with Koor Meneer de Wit and Mozart orchestra, conducted by Ivo Meinen, at the Zuiderkerk and the Dominicuskerk, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Rachel obtained her bachelor’s degree at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in May 2020, with a mention of excellence. During this time, Rachel was awarded important grants, including the Aida bursary from the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada Foundation. She has won first place in several competitions like the Pierre-de-Saurel music competition (2018), the Choeur de la Montagne competition (2018 & 2019), and the Concours de Musique de Sherbrooke (2019).
Throughout her years of studies, Rachel has worked with several renowned teachers, coaches, and directors such as Helmuth Riling, Kathy Saltzman Romey, Lorenz o Ghirlanda, Julien Prégardien, Barbara Bonney, Alexander Oliver, Roberta Alexander, Ed Spanjaard, Margreet Honig, Ira Siff, Sasja Hunnego, Martin Vacha, Céline Dutilly, Donna Brown, Jacques Lacombe and Julian Kuerti.
Since the age of six, Rachel has extensively studied classical piano. In addition, she has 16 years of classical ballet training and has performed in other styles such as ballet-jazz, contemporary and flamenco. Because of her dance training, Rachel was able to acquire great confidence and ease on stage, from a very young age. She is also fluent in French and English, has a B1 level in German and Spanish and has an intermediate level in Italian and Dutch.