Rachel Looney, soprano, is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana. This season, she is excited to be making her professional operatic debut with the New Orleans Opera as La statue animée in Rameau’s Pygmalion. She will also be starring as Marian Paroo in The Music Man at Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts. In recent years, Rachel has appeared with the New Orleans Opera chorus, New Orleans Opera’s “Opera on Tap,” the Victory Belles at the National WWII Museum, and Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre. Rachel received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where she studied with Robert Grayson and portrayed Héro in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict. She holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Loyola University New Orleans where she studied with Luretta Bybee and performed the role of Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.