A native of Las Vegas, Lauren became interested in music while she was a student at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, where she studied vocal jazz and opera techniques. After falling in love with comedic opera while singing Offenbach’s “Ah quel diner!” (“The Tipsy Song”) in a high school operatic showcase, she continues to pursue comedy in roles like Serpetta (La finta giardinera), Cunegonde (Candide), and Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos). In May 2023, Lauren was chosen as a finalist for the Haugh Comic Opera Competition. Lauren is active in both opera and musical theatre, and in October will be performing the role of Marian with the Pinckney Players.
Lauren received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the Wheaton College Conservatory and then moved to Kansas City, where she attended the UMKC Conservatory. At UMKC, Lauren received a Master of Music in Voice Performance in 2019. Her research included an overview of the Scandinavian song literature, as well as a thesis on Agathe Backer-Grøndahl’s Norwegian song cycles Barnets vårdag and Sommer. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at UMKC, Lauren taught private voice lessons to undergraduate students, and continues to nurture students in her active private studio.
Her work at UMKC includes Le Feu (L’enfant et les sortilèges), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), the Dew Fairy (Hänsel und Gretel), Adele (Die Fledermaus), and Serpetta (La finta giardinera). Lauren’s other operatic work includes Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Naiad (Ariadne auf Naxos). She has performed with the Midwest Opera Theatre, singing both Musetta (La Bohème) and La Suora Zelatrice (Suor Angelica). Other roles performed include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Naiad (Ariadne auf Naxos) In October, Lauren was seen in the chorus of the Toledo Opera's double bill of Suor Angelica and Cavalleria Rusticana. She will be returning to the Toledo Opera Chorus for their 2024 productions of Romeo and Juliette and Ragtime. Her musical theatre credits include Susan in the 2009 musical [title of show], the Fairy Godmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, and Marian in The Music Man.
Lauren is an avid runner and recently completed her fifth half marathon. Lauren loves games, knitting, and scouring vintage stores. She resides with her husband David, cat Leonard Bernstein, and dog Bird, in Ann Arbor, MI.