ae qar is a 25 year old American soprano currently living and working in Vienna, Austria. She has been a full-time soloist at the Volksoper Wien since the 2019/20 season, when she was hired as one of the ensemble's youngest members in history. In the 2022/23 Volksoper season she will make several role and production debuts, most notably Clorinda in La Cenerentola, Musetta in La Bohème, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Maria in The Sound of Music.
Lauren's other operatic credits include Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Zerlina in Don Giovanni,* Giannetta in L'elisir d'amore, Frasquita in Carmen, and Beth in Little Women.
The promising soprano moved to Europe in 2018, where she spent a year freelancing in Germany before starting her full-time engagement at the Volksoper. She made her German debut at the Staatstheater Nürnberg, playing the role of Shelley in their premiere of Anna Nicole. Since moving to Europe, Lauren has developed a specialty in singing new music, taking part in various premieres. She brought the role of Ann Darrow to life in Jeffrey Ching's The True Story of King Kong at the Theater Magdeburg in 2019. Already in her first season at the Volksoper, she was trusted with a lead role in the European premiere
of Tod Machover's Schoenberg in Hollywood.* She also covered the challenging role of the Nachtigall in Braunfels's Die Vögel at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl in 2019.
Lauren received her B.M. in Vocal Performance from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.
*Cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic