Rachel M. Harris is thrilled to be taking part in her third summer season with the Varna International Opera Academy! Harris began her directing career in 1997 working with Boston University and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She is the Stage Director for Heartland Opera Theatre, Joplin MO, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA and a former Guest Artist Director for the University of Utah, Logan. Her free-lance credits include: Opera Louisiane, Baton Rouge, LA; University of Missouri, Kansas City; Loyola University, New Orleans; University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Sam Houston State, Huntsville, TX and Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. Dr. Harris holds a DMA from Louisiana State University, an MM in Opera from Binghamton University in conjunction with the Tri-Cities Opera Artist Residence Training Program, and a BM in Vocal Performance from Fredonia State University. Her work is recognized by the National Opera Association with First and Second place finishes in their 2018 Collegiate Opera Scene Competition, the American Prize as a finalist in their Charles Nelson Reilly Prize for Directing, and by New Orleans Gambit magazine’s “Tribute to the Classical Arts” receiving their 2009 award for Creative Achievement in Opera for Stage Direction.