B i o g r a p h y  –  S o p r a n o

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Malina loves working on anything combining her love of dance, strings, singing, early music and new music with choreographer/dancer composer/performer friends where she seeks to weaken the boundaries that have grown to separate the arts into their disparate areas.

Malina Rauschenfels is a soprano, composer and multi-instrumentalist transplanted to Cleveland after 11 years in New York City. Praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as “spellbinding” and for her "powerful clarion tones and crisp articulation,” she has also been commended by clevelandclassical.com for her "exceptional vocal range, strong acting abilities, gripping theatricality, and commanding gestures, both musical and physical." Malina is co-founder and executive director of Burning River Baroque, with whom she sings and plays baroque cello. She is also artistic director of hūmAnómali, a collaboratively structured music ensemble which incorporates "extra-musical affairs," such as dance, gesture and theatricality into its historically informed performances of music from antiquity to the present.


Equally comfortable with early music and contemporary music, she has sung with Quire Cleveland, Contrapunctus, Marble Sanctuary Choir, Toby Twining Music, Trinity Chamber Singers, Trinity Cathedral Choir, and C4 – the Choral Composer Conductor Collective. As a vocalist she has attended multiple years of Western Wind Workshops, and the Ensemble Singing Intensive workshops at Amherst Early Music.


Malina has appeared in broadcast performances on WCLV Cleveland and can be heard recorded on "Musica Celestial" with the Newberry Consort, "Caritas et Amor" with Marble Sanctuary Choir and "Madrigalian Motets from Jacobean England" and "Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds Volume 3" with Quire Cleveland. Addionally, her group has a live CD/DVD available from their NYC concert in 2014.  Recent engagements included performances in "Celestial Sirens" with The Newberry Consort, concerts on the SoHIP early music series in Boston with Burning River Baroque, Cavalli's opera 'Apollo e Dafne' with Venice Opera Project, and a recital with organ in Venice, Italy. This summer includes three BEMF fringe programs, Cavalli opera 'Il Giasone,' Three Bridges Festival with Emma Kirkby, an opera written for her by Rachel Devorah Trapp to be performed in Halifax Canada through Opera from Scratch, and 'Acis and Galatea' with El Fuego in Chapel Hill, NC. 



Further information is available at her group's website:





Malina is proud to be a Barcelona Festival of Song Ambassador to share Latin American and Iberian repertoire. More info here