''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.
Rachel recently obtained her Master of Music in classical voice at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, with honors. During this period, she performed at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam and was the soloist in Mozart's Davide Penitente, with Koor Meneer de Wit and the Mozart orchestra, directed by Ivo Meinen, at the Zuiderkerk and the Dominicuskerk, in Amsterdam. In 2020, she obtained her Bachelor's degree from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, with a mention of excellence.
Rachel is the recipient of prestigious awards and scholarships, including the Holland Scholarship offered by the Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, the Aida bursary offered by the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada Foundation, as well as an important grant to participate in renown programs such as the Weimar Bach Cantata Academy, under the direction of Helmuth Rilling, and the Académie Internationale de Musique du Domaine Forget de Charlevoix.
The young singer has distinguished herself in several international competitions including the Compétition Nouvelles Étoiles (first place), the Neapolitan Masters Competition (second place), the Progressive Musicians Carnegie Hall Competition (second place), the Concours du Chœur de la Montagne (first place), the Concours Musical de Sherbrooke (first place) and the Pierre-de-Saurel Music Competition (second place).
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, directed by Julian Prégardien, at the Church of St. Andrews and St. Paul and at the Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac, in Montreal. Throughout the last years, Rachel was also seen performing the the leading roles of the Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Papagena and Knabe Zwei in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Ida in Strauss's Die Fledermaus.
Throughout her years of studies, Rachel has worked with several renowned teachers, coaches, and directors including Helmuth Riling, Kathy Saltzman Romey, Lorenzo Ghirlanda, Julien Prégardien, Don Marrazzo, Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet, Barbara Bonney, Alexander Oliver, Roberta Alexander, Ed Spanjaard, Margreet Honig, Ira Siff, Sasja Hunnego, Martin Vacha, Donna Brown and Jacques Lacombe.
Since the age of six, Rachel has extensively studied classical piano and ballet, as well as other dance styles such as ballet-jazz, contemporary and flamenco. At the age of 12, she played the role of an angel in Les Grands Ballets Canadiens' ballet The Nutcracker, which helped her develop a sense of confidence on stage. Originally from Montreal, she grew up in a French and English speaking environment, making her fluent in both languages, and has great ease in Spanish (B1), German (A2) and Italian (A2).