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). Lauren made her debut at the Palais de Beaux Arts and has since sung at the Opéra Royal de Versailles, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room. Upcoming engagements include Esther (Esther) with Les Anges, Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Opéra Atelier, baroque concerts at Handel House, London and Atelier von Nagel, Paris, and recital debuts at song festivals in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Recent engagements include Cendrillon (Cendrillon) for the Tel Aviv-Yafo Opera 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, Queen of Sheba (Solomon) for the Crosseny Festival, Messiah for the Paris Choral Society and song recitals in Aix-en-Provence, Brussels, Florence, London, Los Angeles, New York, and Paris.
Projects in contemporary music include Amy March in Adamo’s Little Women at the Théâtre Lyrique de Bruges, Geraldine in Barber’s A Hand of Bridge at the Aspen Music Festival, Hermia in the premiere of Lycke and Berv’s PUCK at the Royal College of Music, the Sister in Schlosberg’s A Country Doctor at Yale University, Endymion in Ash’s Keepers of the Night at the Alex Theater, Mechem’s To An Absent Love at Forest Hill Musical Days in San Francisco, and the London premiere of Schlosberg’s Songs of Sorrow and Solitude, a cycle written especially for her. Lauren’s musical theater roles include Amalia (She Loves Me), Eliza (My Fair Lady), Julie (Carousel), Magnolia (Showboat), Maria (The Sound of Music), Maria (West Side Story), Sarah (Guys & Dolls), Cosette (Les Misérables) 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 received her Masters degree from the Royal College of Music, London, and was a member of the young artist programs of the Aldeburgh Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Fondation Royaumont and 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 makes her home in Paris.