Hailed by Opera News as having "wondrous power” and by the Boston Globe for having a “rippling wine-dark voice with a low range of staggering strength, combined with a splendid stage presence”, mezzo-soprano Kelsey Lauritano, a San Francisco Bay Area native, is a rising young talent on opera and concert stages around the globe. She 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 returned to her alma mater this fall to begin her graduate studies under the tutelage of Professor Edith Wiens.
This summer season includes debuts for Ms. Lauritano at the Virginia Arts Festival and the Boston Early Music Festival. She can be seen as the Ghost, alongside William Burden as the Keeper, in a new opera by Kristin Kuster and Megan Levad, Kept: A Ghost Story. The opera is being presented as the first operatic production produced by the John Duffy Institute for New Opera at the Virginia Arts Festival. Ms. Lauritano will also be featured in the role of Cleofe in Handel’s La Resurrezione with Boston Early Music Festival lead by Stephen Stubbs and Paul O’Dette. She concludes the summer in Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany singing multiple concerts of varied genre with the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie.
This past season, Ms. Lauritano was featured in a live-streamed master class on contemporary American art song with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe at The Juilliard School. She also appeared as the Stewardess in Juilliard Opera's production of Flight by English composer, Jonathan Dove and was responsible for the role of Varvara in Katya Kobonova by Leoś Janáček. On the concert stage, Ms. Lauritano appeared with the Juilliard Orchestra and the Westminster Choir College Chorus at Alice Tully Hall and in Princeton, New Jersey to perform Mozart's Requiem as the Alto soloist, conducted by Maestro Gary Thor Wedow. She was also seen with the Little Orchestra Society in an original concert about Leonard Bernstein for young audiences at the Kaye Playhouse in New York City.
In past seasons, Ms. Lauritano appeared as L’enfant in Juilliard Opera’s production of L'enfant et les sortilèges, as the Third Spirit in Die Zauberflöte, and was responsible for the role of Satirino in La Calisto. She has also seen in concert with the New York Festival of Song in their "Harry, Hoagy, and Harold" program at the Lincoln Center Peter Jay Sharp Theater, as well as a concert of “The Killer B’s: American Song from Bernstein to the Beach Boys” in Orient, New York. Ms. Lauritano made her early music debut with Juilliard415, conducted by the legendary Jordi Savall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where they performed 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 where she was responsible for the role of Oronte in Handel’s Richard the Lionheart and performed the role of Townswoman #3 in Tobias Picker's Emmeline. Ms. Lauritano was also featured in a live-streamed master class in 2015 with celebrated soprano Patricia Racette at The Juilliard School.
Past summer programs include the prestigious Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt i.d. OPf, Germany where she was featured in recital with the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Chautauqua Voice Program under the direction of Marlena Malas and Michael Dean, the Franz Schubert Institut in Austria, and the leading art song festival in America, SongFest in Los Angeles where she was granted a Sorel Fellowship.
Ms. Lauritano is a Third Prize winner in the 2016 Gerda Lissner/Liederkrantz Song Competition. In 2013, she placed first in the Hal Leonard Musical Theater Competition, University Division and in 2012, she was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts by former President Barack Obama in Washington D.C. and a 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, the Lewis and Elizabeth Bellardo Scholarship in Voice, and the Mildred H. Kellogg Scholarship at The Juilliard School.