Lauren Michelle, soprano, is honored to be a prize winner of The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Originally from Los Angeles, some of her notable international roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Musetta in La Bohème, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. Ms.Michelle was the featured Opera Star in the Fox hit TV series Empire.
Most recently, she made her debut at Covent Garden as Jessica in The Merchant of Venice and completed a season as a house soprano with Vienna State Opera. She sang in concert under the baton of Plácido Domingo at LA Opera and made her debut with Washington National Opera to critical acclaim along side Eric Owens. She was awarded First Place in both the Lotte Lenya Competition and the Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition.
This season Ms. Michelle has been invited to sing with the Berlin Philharmonic by Maestro Zubin Mehta, where they will perform Rossini. She will also make her debut with The Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, rejoining Nina Stemme to perform Elektra, conducted by Mikko Frank. In France, she will tour staged versions of Pierrot Lunaire and The Seven Deadly Sins, directed by David Pountney. She is happy to return to Welsh National Opera to sing the role of Natasha in War and Peace as well as reprise her role of Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro debuting with Palm Beach Opera. She is a graduate of UCLA and The Juilliard School.