Press

“Calloway proved to be an extraordinarily capable interpreter, inhabiting all of the various characters evoked in the five songs that constitute snagS&Snarls: a mouse, a cat, the Duchess, the Mad Hatter, and, of course, Alice herself, with vivid characterization. Although billed as a mezzo- soprano, and featuring a velvety lower register, Calloway showed tremendous flexibility above the staff as well.”

Christian B. Carey

Musical America

“Rachel Calloway gave voice to isolation, despair, longing and desire with penetrating clarity. Around her, the music billowed and heaved fitfully, its bruised harmonies, obsessive repetitions and sudden, stark silences an almost shockingly intimate conjuring of the emotional intensity at play in the words.”

Steve Smith

New York Times

“Mezzo Rachel Calloway has the adept musicianship and dramatic flair required for the demanding role of Asakir, and she controls the weight of her voice effectively, preventing even her most unhinged diatribes from becoming too strident.”

Joshua Rosenblum

Opera News

“…a mezzo-soprano with a dark-hued and sizeable voice…”

Anthony Tommasini

New York Times

“It was the sultry presence, superb expressiveness, and fine singing of mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway that really heated up the sea of love to bubbly. Rachel Calloway’s performance was the most memorable aspect of the evening. Her low-cut strapless gown, leopardlike in black and gold; her exquisite gestures; her elegant yet yearning facial expressions — all combined to raise the heartbeat far beyond what her voice could do alone… Her lower notes … were rich and alluring.”

Jeff Dunn

San Francisco Classical Voice

“The performance was beautiful. Soprano (Tony Arnold) and mezzo-soprano (Rachel Calloway) were like a single voice entwined in the text. Pianos and percussion, combining elements of sonic fire and ice, never ceased to dazzle. Passion emerged from subtle sounds.”

Mark Swed

Los Angeles Times

“…the highlight of the concert… The dark-toned mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway gave a dramatically focused rendition of “snagS&Snarls,”…”

Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim

New York Times

“Mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway is a specialist in alternate tunings and performs regularly with the microtonal vocal ensemble Ekmeles. She is also a compelling and committed actress, and thus a near-ideal interpreter of this tremendously challenging and dramatically evocative score.”

Christian Carey

Musical America

“…a gale-force…”

Helen Shaw

Time Out New York

“Rachel Calloway, the soprano, sang with considerable depth of expression and very little vibrato, and gave superb accounts of both works.”

Allan Kozinn

New York Times

“Ms. Calloway wonderfully obliged with emotional characterizations and sumptuous voices…Ms. Calloway sang …with remarkable sensitivity.”

Andrew Druckenbrod

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“Of the three female leads, Rachel Calloway impressed the most as the sexy maid Lisetta. Her sweeping mezzo-soprano was ideally suited to seduction, whether manipulating old Buonafede or having a sensual moment with Cecco.”
“Leo Zeitlin’s Five Songs from the Yiddish required the voices of mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway and baritone Alexander Tall, and the audience’s response to the glorious voice of Calloway suggested that another program better showcasing her talents might prove very successful.”

Stephen Neal Dennis

All Arts Review