Mezzo-soprano Rehanna Thelwell has been applauded for her “superb and expressive power” by the South Florida Classical Review while her “dynamic presence” has been noted by the Washington Post. Her performances have been described as having “thrilling commitment and dramatic intelligence” with “hair-raising intensity” by the Washington Classical Review and KDHX. In the 2020-2021 season, Ms. Thelwell makes her Opera Philadelphia debut as Jocasta in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and her mainstage debut with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as the Third Lady in The Magic Flute.
The New Jersey native returns to the Cafritz Young Artist program of Washington National Opera for their 2020-2021 season after a successful first year in which she appeared as Third Lady in the Young Artist production of The Magic Flute as well as Conchetta in the American Opera Initiative new work, Night Trip. Along with her mainstage roles, Thelwell had the opportunity to workshop new works with Esperanza Spalding for Iphigenia and Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek for The Listeners. With Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, she has performed Giovanna in Rigoletto and Ruby in Fire Shut up in my Bones. In 2018, she made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Exigence Vocal Ensemble led by Dr. Eugene Rogers. Already in her young career, she has shared the stage with Talise Trevigne and Morris Robinson as Maria in The University Musical Society’s Porgy and Bess and Christine Georke and bass-baritone Alan Held for the Miami Music Festival Wagner Institute's rendition of "The Ride of the Valkyries."