Born in Los Angeles, soprano Lauren Michelle is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and the Juilliard School and has gained international recognition for her rich tone, musical versatility and compelling artistry.
During the 2016/17 season, Ms. Michelle was a member of the ensemble at the Vienna State Opera, working on fourteen productions and collaborating with many of today’s great singers and conductors. Other highlights from recent seasons have included Natasha in War and Peace and Jessica in Merchant of Venice at the Welsh National Opera, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at the Palm Beach Opera, Musetta in La Boheme with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Dorset Opera, Irina in Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars with the Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Fourth Maid in Elektra at the Vienna State Opera and in concert with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Equally at home on the concert stage, she has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic under Marc Minkowski in performances of Rossini’s Petite messe solonnelle, with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Poulenc’s Gloria, with members of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg in performances of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, at Carnegie Hall in Mozart’s Coronation Mass and with the Fairfield Chorale in Handel’s Messiah.
Next season, Ms. Michelle will make her debut at the Dutch National Opera as Jenny in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, at the Boston Lyric Opera as Nedda in Pagliacci and at the Chicago Opera Theater as Sylvie in their world premiere of Dan Shore’s Freedom Ride.
Ms. Michelle has been a prizewinner at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, the Francisco Viñas Competition, the George London Foundation Vocal Competition, the Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Competition, the Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition, and the Lotte Lenya Competition. She has been featured on the American television series Empire.