Rhonda Bachmann has always been an actress who sings and a singer who is an actress.
Born in Chicago, she moved to Paris where she obtained a first prize in the Paris Conservatory, then a Licence es Lettres from the Sorbonne Paris IV and a Masters Degree in Music from Northwestern University.
She made her debut with Claude Rich at the Theatre Montparnasse, Paris, in Jean de la Fontaine by Sacha Guitry in the role of the Nightingale, written for Yvonne Printemps. Then she played the title role in Rose Marie at the Theatre de la Porte St Martin, Paris. Following these performances, French television offered her the leading role of Harriet Smithson in the Life of Berlioz, a six hour mini-series for TFI/Pathe Cinema. She has also sung leading roles at the Opera du Rhin, Opera de Lyon and Opera de Wallonie, the Chicago Opera Theatre and Hackney Empire in London.
Since 1988, Rhonda Bachmann has devoted her operatic career to her recitals around composers of the 18th century and their favorite singers. She has toured internationally with her husband, the British conductor Arthur Hammond and has sung several seasons at the Grand Trianon in Versailles.
She has played and sung the role of Queen Marie-Antoinette 533 times; following on from this, she has also played other historic divas including Queen Hortense, Maria Malibran, Pauline Viardot, Harriet Smithson, Adelina Patti, Jenny Lind, Nellie Melba and Aloysia Weber, Mozart's muse.
From 1992-2004, she created 13 new programmes with Peter Gellhorn, among which: The Queen and the Mistress, The Child of the Mountain, The Romantic Nightingale, Before Nightfall, The Queen and the Actress, The Kindling Fire, Queen Marie-Antoinette, Burns, Mozart, Maria Malibran, the Muse of Song, Jenny Lind, Queen Victoria's Songbird, Jenny Lind, the Nightingale at Song, Berlioz: L'Idee fixe, Songs of Napoleion's Empire, Adelina and the Prince, and Aloysia in Exile, Mozart's Muse.
Since 2004, Rhonda Bachmann has created 7 productions for the city of Versailles, of which The Crown of Martyrs, and for the Moliere Festival: The Fountain of flowers, Marie-Antoinette and Madame Elisabeth, Franco-American Friendship, Following in the steps of Laperouse, The Road to Montmedy and Marie-Antoinette and her Faith.