Lauren Libaw soprano

Biography

Praised for her sparkling, “bright-toned” voice (The New York Times) as well as her “warmth of tone and intensity of expression” (New Yorker), Italian-American soprano Lauren Libaw sings internationally in recital, opera, and concert at venues including the Opéra Royal de Versailles, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Palais de Beaux Arts de Bruxelles and Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room. A “masterful and affecting” recitalist (operawire.com), Lauren does not limit herself to any one style on the recital stage, often programming music from the Great American Songbook, Broadway, French chanson, and Yiddish theater traditions alongside classical repertoire. Recent performances in opera and oratorio include Esther (Esther) for Les Anges, Queen of Sheba (Solomon) for the Crosseny Festival, Nannetta (Falstaff) for the Fondation Royaumont, Norina (Don Pasquale) for the Rye Arts Festival, Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) for Norwegian National Opera’s Stage 2, Cendrillon (Cendrillon) for the Tel Aviv-Yafo Opera Festival; Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Rosmene (Imeneo), and Gretel (Hansel und Gretel) at the Royal College of Music, and Tirésias (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites), Semele (Semele), Princèsse  (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), and Isifile (Giasone) at Yale University. Projects in contemporary opera include Amy (Adamo’s Little Women) for the Théâtre Lyrique de Bruges, Geraldine (Barber’s A Hand of Bridge) for the Aspen Music Festival, Endymion (Ash’s Keepers of the Night) for the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Hermia (Berv’s PUCK) at the Royal College of Music, and the Sister (Schlosberg’s A Country Doctor) at Yale; in contemporary song, Mechem’s To An Absent Love for Forest Hill Musical Days, and the premieres of Schlosberg’s Songs of Sorrow and Solitude and Stories, two cycles written especially for her. Lauren is a graduate of Yale University and the Royal College of Music, London, and was a member of the young artist programs of the Aldeburgh Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Fondation Royaumont. 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 Los Angeles Philharmonic.