Rachel Goldberg - Spotlight on Opera

100% ($3,320)
June 29th, 2016
Raised $3,320 of $3,300

About The Artist

Rachel Goldberg, soprano

Soprano Rachel Goldberg started pursuing a professional singing career at a very young age. She spent six years in the Indianapolis Children's Choir and began private voice lessons at age eleven.

Her first fully-staged role was Johanna in Sweeney Todd with the Hartland Players (Hartland, MI). Since then, she has performed Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Baylor University, Princess Nekaya in Utopia, Ltd. with the MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Papagena in The Magic Flute with Opera NEO, and Flora in The Turn of the Screw with Baldwin Wallace University.

Rachel is beginning her second year of graduate school at Baylor University fall 2016, studying with voice professor Dr. Robert Best. Other teachers she has studied with include...

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Hello Dear Friends,

Some of you may remember that a few years ago, I sang a recital to raise money to attend an amazing summer opera program called Opera NEO. To those of you who donated, thank you again so much. That summer was unforgettable and I couldn't have experienced it without your assistance.

This summer, Spotlight on Opera in San Marcos, Texas has offered me a leading role in one of their mainstage productions: Miss Wordsworth in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring. The program provides a month's worth of voice lessons, coachings, business and fitness classes, concerts, and more! It's a tremendous opportunity!

And once again I need to ask for your help. The donations that I ask of you are specifically to cover the costs of attending the program. The combined cost for tuition, room and board, and travel is just about $3,300. Any support you can offer is greatly appreciated and this year, through BELTA, your donations are tax deductible!

Here is a list of the fabulous opportunities provided by Spotlight on Opera:

  • Cindy Sadler’s full Business of Singing course
  • An updated press kit, including resume, biography, cover letter, and review sheet; as well as feedback and tips for your headshot, website, and social media accounts
  • Video of three audition arias
  • Video of mainstage performances
  • Classes in time management, finances, and social media
  • An audition “makeover”
  • Classes in acting, diction, audition techniques, fitness, yoga, Lieder, Melodie, and more
  • Four one-hour voice lessons
  • Masterclass with Shawn Marie Jeffrey of ADA Artists Management, NYC
  • Masterclass with Maestro Joseph Mechavich, Artistic Director of Kentucky Opera
  • Many performance opportunities, including three operas, a scenes program, musical theatre revue, and several concerts and recitals.

Also important to mention is that Spotlight on Opera is incredibly supportive of exactly this type of fundraising! Here are some ways how:

  • Businesses and individuals that support me financially will receive recognition on Spotlight's website and social media accounts.
  • Any individual or business that supports me with a donation of $500 or more will receive a mention in Spotlight's season program.
  • If I undertake a fundraiser to support my summer at Spotlight (indeed I have!), they will offer one pair of tickets to the event of choice as a premium (that’s one set of two tickets to one event of the patron’s choosing).


  • Tuition: $1,750
  • Travel: $200
  • Housing: $660
  • Meals: $638.55

Total: $3,300

Not comfortable donating online?  We accept donations via check as well.  Please mail donations to BELTÀ, 1712 E. Riverside Dr., Suite 25, Austin, TX 78741.  Be sure to mark "Rachel Goldberg" in the memo line so that your support can be routed towards this project.