"...this oratorio’s most wonderful surprise was the BEMF debut of an exceptional young mezzo-soprano. As Mary Cleophas, Juilliard graduate student Kelsey Lauritano showed off a rippling wine-dark voice with a low range of staggering strength, combined with a splendid stage presence...May this be the first of many BEMF appearances for her."
"Dimitri Katotakis, as the Steward, stood out, singing with ringing heroism, matched in wondrous power by Kelsey Lauritano, as the Stewardess. The two had a comfy comic rapport."
"The cast was uniformly top-drawer, showing good comic chops along with fine vocal training, with Darrah helping them to show their individuality rather than simply be archetypes. For example, baritone Dimitri Katotakis and mezzo Kelsey Lauritano are expert singer-farceurs, as the Steward and Stewardess..."
"As the three spirits, Christine Oh, Sophia Kaminski, and Kelsey Lauritano...brought breezy, insouciant charm to every appearance."
"By all measures, this mezzo-soprano has a wonderful future ahead of her"..."She has an engaging stage presence that invites the audience to share her pleasure"...
"Kelsey Lauritano zum Beispiel, Anfang 20, gesegnet mit einem für dieses Alter ungemein melodischen, klangschönen Mezzo, ist von Präsident Barack Obama 2012 mit einer „Presidential Scholar in the Arts“ bedacht worden, einer Auszeichnung, die jedes Jahr nur 20 Nachwuchskünstler erhalten". Kelsey Lauritano for example, 20 years old , blessed with being uncommonly melodious at this age , sounded a beautiful mezzo, was in 2012 considered by President Barack Obama with a " Presidential Scholar in the Arts", an award that is only given to 20 young artists each year.