Rhianna Cockrell | mezzo-soprano
Rhianna Cockrell, mezzo-soprano, has captivated audiences with her interpretations of Renaissance and Baroque works as well as her passion for contemporary works. Her 2022–23 season saw her engaged as a soloist in Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium with Kentucky Bach Choir, as well as in the present recorded performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor. Recently, Cockrell won the Colorado Bach Ensemble’s 2020 Young Artist Competition and an encouragement award in the 2021 Audrey Rooney Bach Competition. As a champion of contemporary music, she appeared in Nasty Women Connecticut’s 2021 online art exhibition Silent Fire in a performance of Joel Thompson’s After, as well as in Prototype Opera’s 2021 virtual festival, in Thompson’s Clairvoyance. She also recently premiered Amelia Brey’s The Night I Died Again, which she commissioned. Previously, she has performed with the St. Peter’s Bach Collegium as a soloist in part two of Handel’s Messiah, as well as with True Concord Voices & Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, The Thirteen, the Oregon Bach Festival Choir, The New Consort and Musica Sacra. Cockrell holds degrees from George Mason University (BMus), University of Minnesota (MMus) and Yale University (Master of Musical Arts). This album marks her debut with Cantata Collective.