Italian-American soprano Lauren Libaw has been praised for her sparkling, “bright-toned” voice (New York Times) as well as her “warmth of tone and intensity of expression” (The New Yorker). She received her Master of Performance Degree from the Royal College of Music, London in 2016. This season, she sings Nanetta (Falstaff) for the Festival de Musique de Royaumont, Norina (Don Pasquale) for the Rye Arts Festival and the Cockpit Theater, London, Despina (Così fan tutte) for London’s Euphonia and recitals in Oxford, London, Paris and Los Angeles.
Lauren made her professional debut at the Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels (Jephtha) and has since sung at the Opéra Royal de Versailles (Don Giovanni) and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Dido and Aeneas). She has given recitals at London’s National Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum and sung Messiaen and Prokofiev in concert at the invitation of Roger Vignoles. Recent engagements include Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) for Norwegian National Opera’s Stage 2, Messiah for the Paris Choral Society and recitals in Aix-en-Provence, Brussels, Florence, Los Angeles, New York and Paris. Last season, Lauren made a recital debut at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, sang the Queen of Sheba (Solomon) for the Llantilio Crosseny Festival Wales, Norina (Don Pasquale) for London’s Euphonia, and scenes as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Gretel (Hansel & Gretel) and Rosmene (Imeneo) at the Royal College of Music.
Recent projects in contemporary opera include Hermia in the world-premiere of Benjamien Lycke and Mahlon Berv’s PUCK at the Royal College of Music, Geraldine in Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge at the Aspen Music Festival, Amy March in Mark Adamo’s Little Women at the Théâtre Lyrique de Bruges, the Sister in Daniel Schlosberg’s A Country Doctor at Yale University, and Endymion in Peter Ash’s Keepers of the Night with the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus at the Alex Theater, Los Angeles. Lauren’s musical theater roles include Sarah (Guys & Dolls), Rapunzel (Into the Woods), Julie (Carousel), Marsinah (Kismet), Eliza (My Fair Lady), Lilli (Kiss Me, Kate!), Maria (West Side Story), Magnolia (Showboat), Maria (The Sound of Music) and Christine (Phantom of the Opera).
Raised in Pasadena, California, Lauren is a graduate of Yale University, where she sang leading roles and won the concerto and recital competitions, three academic prizes and the Sudler Prize for the Arts. She was a member of the young artist programs of the Aldeburgh Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Fondation Royaumont and the Paris-based baroque ensemble Opéra Fuoco. Lauren received her earliest training as a member of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, singing as a chorister with Los Angeles Opera and the LA Philharmonic. Lauren lives in Paris and is a citizen of both Italy and the United States.