Since winning First Prize in the 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition in April, Lauren Michelle (shown at right during the finals of the Competition) has been on a hot streak. A scant three weeks after wowing the judges in Rochester, she made her Carnegie Hall debut in the world premiere of the English-language version of Weill's The Road of Promise with The Collegiate Chorale. Less than six weeks after that, she has advanced to the final round of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World contest, having won her qualifying round over four other singers on Tuesday, 16 June. On Sunday, 21 June, she competes for the title against Oleksiy Palchykov (Ukraine), Amartuvshin Enkhbat (Mongolia), Nadine Koutcher (Belarus), and Jongmin Park (South Korea). We watch in awe as her career continues to skyrocket. (Update: Nadine Koutcher won the final round. Congratulations to Lauren for making the top five!)
The biannual Singer of the World is one of the globe's leading competitions for young opera singers. An initial field of over 350 aspirants is narrowed to twenty, each of whom represents his or her home country. Several world-famous singers have taken the top prize, including Karita Mattila, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Bryn Terfel.
Showing no signs of letting up, Lauren joins the cast of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess next month for a one night only performance at the Ravinia Festival with Brian Stokes Mitchell and Nicole Cabell (Lys Symonette Award, 2002 Lenya Competition). Bobby McFerrin conducts the concert version.
Award presentation and clip from Lauren Michelle's performance in qualifying round
Singer of the World Twitter feed (with instant updates)
Singer of the World schedule
Originally posted: 18 June 2015
Last updated: 23 June 2015