SPOTLIGHT ON RACHEL FABRI

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Date of Birth: 12th September, 1985

Location: Swieqi

Status: Married

Star Sign: Virgo

Main occupation: Professional singer / Vocal tutor

Media-related occupation: Musical theatre performer and singer

 

Rachel Fabri completed her Masters in Musical Theatre at the Guildford School of Acting and was Head of Music at Masquerade School for the Performing Arts for 4 years. She also graduated with an Honours in Psychology from the University of Malta. Recently, Rachel launched her debut musical theatre / classical crossover album Forever Yours in Malta as well as at The Pheasantry in London last October. The album is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and CD Baby, and is also available to purchase at several outlets around Malta.

She also formed part of the classical-crossover quartet All Angels, with whom she performed at numerous major arenas in the UK. Some of her theatre roles include Lead in Persephone, Cockney Girl in Me and My Girl, Polly Browne in The Boyfriend, Oolie in City of Angels, Rachel in When Midnight Strikes and Young Girl in Anything Goes. She particularly enjoyed featuring in The Devil’s Double as Arabic singer Abdel Akle, and has also been part of the Beyond the Barricade Musical Theatre Tour across UK theatres.

She was a lead soloist in Comedy Tonight and Simply Webber, and has also played the title roles in the pantomimes The Curse of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. She will soon be taking on the role of Cathy in Masquerade’s upcoming musical The Last Five Years at the end of November.

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How did you first discover music and how do you nurture your singing skills?

I first discovered music as a young child – ballet lessons, piano lessons and one day, at around the age of 8, I went to an audition for MADC’s Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. I got chosen and loved every second of the performances! I knew from that moment that I loved music and the stage! I often go to Denise Mulholland for singing lessons, especially when I’m working on a show in order to perfect the material. I also spent about 7 years training with Gillian Zammit prior to training at GSA.

How would you describe the local music scene?

I think there’s so much going on. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up! So many different genres and well-established singers and bands, as well as new upcoming singers and bands, are currently being heard and supported. It’s lovely to hear local radio stations and television programmes supporting so much local talent. Not to mention the media coverage that they’re receiving in magazines, newspapers and online of course.

If you could perform with anyone, who would it be?

Maybe Joseph Calleja or Kristin Chenoweth!

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What makes you feel happy in life?

My family, my husband and my cat! Whenever I’m around them, I’m always happy.

What’s the most romantic thing you’ve been treated to so far?

When my husband proposed to me on a boat on Lake Lugano. There was such beautiful scenery with snowy mountains all around… and suddenly out comes the ring! It felt like a dream.

While driving, what annoys you most?

The traffic, obviously! I know that I can make it to a rehearsal at M Space in Msida in about 7 minutes without traffic, but sometimes it takes me 30 to 40 minutes to get there!