The Swiss soprano, Rachel Hernisch, studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg with Professor Beata Heuer-Christen. She received the Culture Prize of Canton Wallis in 1997, and the European Culture Promotion Prize in Münich to 1999.
From 1999 to June 2000 Rachel Harnisch was an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper. In 2000 she sang in Berne the role Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) under Miguel Gomez-Martinez and in Zürich under Franz Welser-Möst, as well as Micaeela (Carmen) in Geneva. Nikolaus Harnoncourt got the young artist for Zerlina (Don Giovanni) to Zurich.
In 1999, 10 years to the death of Herbert von Karajan, Rachel Harnisch sang in Salzburg under Claudio Abbado Mozart arias, followed by Nono's Prometeo-Suite under Claudio Abbado in Berlin and New York, Haydn's Schöpfung under Philippe Herreweghe in Munich, in Berlin the Mozart's C-minor Mass under Claudio Abbado, Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 under Kent Nagano at Milan's La Scala, as well as Mozart arias under Bruno Weil in Erfurt and Heiligenstadt.
Rachel Harnisch made a CD of Mozart arias under Claudio Abbado for Deutsche