Ellen Rabiner has been a frequent presence at the Metropolitan Opera since her debut as Erste Magd in Elektra. Performances with the company include Sonyetka in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Schwertleite in Die Walkure, the Shepherdess in Jenufa, and die Kranke in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Moses und Aron. She has also been responsible for covering a variety of roles, including Erda in the Ring Cycle, and Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera.
Internationally, Ellen appeared most recently as Pasqualita in the European premiere of Adams’ Doctor Atomic at the Netherlands Opera and in the DVD of the production. She will return to DNO in 2009 as Wowlke in La Fanciulla del West. Ellen sang the role of Kontchakovna in Prince Igor for her debut with l’Opera National du Rhin, Erste Magd in Elektra with Seiji Osawa at Tokyo Opera Nomuri, Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Festival of the Aegean in Greece, and the title role in Carmen at the Hradec Kralove Festival in the Czech Republic.
Operatic performances in the U.S. include Erda in Das Rheingold with the San Francisco Opera, Gaea in Daphne with the Santa Fe Opera, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with the New York City Opera, and Maddalena in Rigoletto with the Granite State Opera. Other roles performed include Azucena in Il Trovatore, Klytaemnestra in Elektra, Annina in Die Rosenkavalier, Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri, Katisha in The Mikado and the title role in Vivaldi’sArsilda, Regina di Ponto in its U.S. premiere.
Recent concerts include Messiah with the Cleveland Orchestra, Moses und Aron with the Boston Symphony and Elektra with the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra. She has also sung the Alto Rhapsody with the Thunder Bay Orchesra, Alexander Nevsky with the Columbus Symphony and Mahler’s Symphony #3 with the Pacific Symphony.
Ellen has also been a soloist at the Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival (Mass in B Minor, St John Passion, Christmas Oratorio), the Choral Society at the Kennedy Center (Mozart’s Requiem, Durufle’s Pie Jesu, Bach’s Mass in B Minor), and the National Chorale at Lincoln Center (Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony).
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