Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Japanese-American mezzo-soprano Kelsey Lauritano has been hailed by Opera News for her "wondrous power” and by the Boston Globe for her “rippling wine-dark voice with a low range of staggering strength, combined with a splendid stage presence.” Lauritano recently completed her Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School in New York City, where she was granted the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music. She is currently in her second year of graduate studies at Juilliard studying with Professor Edith Wiens.
Lauritano performs music ranging from the Renaissance to the present day. This season, she sings Venus in Monteverdi’s balletic opera Il ballo delle Ingrate conducted by William Christie. She will also reprise the title role in a concert version of L’enfant et les sortilèges (Ravel) in Alice Tully Hall and Diane in Juilliard Opera’s production of Hippolyte et Aricie (Rameau). Also this season, she will perform Luciano Berio's avant-garde song cycle, Circles with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida and Thomas Adès' dramatic musical monologue, Life Story, on a concert dedicated to the composer at the Juilliard School.
Lauritano recently debuted at the Virginia Arts Festival and the Boston Early Music Festival. In Virginia, she starred opposite William Burden in Kept: A Ghost Story, a new opera by Kristin Kuster and Megan Levad. She also starred as Cleofe in La Resurrezione (Handel) with the Boston Early Music Festival in a concert production led by Stephen Stubbs and Paul O’Dette. She finished her summer in Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany, singing concerts with the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, including an opera gala with the Nürnberger Symphoniker and a Liederabend recorded and broadcast by the Bavarian Radio, BR-Klassik.
This past season, Lauritano played the Stewardess in Juilliard Opera's production of Flight by English composer Jonathan Dove and covered Varvara in Katya Kabonova (Janáček). In concert, she appeared as the alto soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra in Mozart’s Requiem at Alice Tully Hall and in Princeton. She also starred the Little Orchestra Society’s original children’s concert about Leonard Bernstein at the Kaye Playhouse in New York City.
In past seasons, Lauritano played the title role in Juilliard Opera’s production of L'enfant et les sortileges. She has also sung with the New York Festival of Song at the Lincoln Center Peter Jay Sharp Theater and in Orient, New York. She made her early music debut, conducted by Jordi Savall, with Juilliard415 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art performing music to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the deaths of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes. She made her professional operatic debut in 2015 as a Gerdine Young Artist with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
Other summer programs the Chautauqua Voice Program under the direction of Marlena Malas and Michael Dean, the Franz Schubert Institut in Austria, and the leading American art song festival SongFest in Los Angeles where she was granted a Sorel Fellowship.
Lauritano won Third Prize in the 2016 Gerda Lissner/Liederkrantz Song Competition. In 2013, she placed 1st in the Hal Leonard Musical Theater Competition, University Division and in 2012, was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts by President Barack Obama in Washington D.C. She received the Silver Award for Vocal Music from the YoungArts Foundation in Miami. Ms. Lauritano is a proud recipient of the Loretta Lewis Award in Voice, Lewis and Elizabeth Bellardo Scholarship in Voice, and the Mildred H. Kellogg Scholarship from The Juilliard School.