Lauren Urquhart is a 24 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 2021/22 Volksoper season, she will make several role debuts, most notably, the role of Sophie in the Volksoper premiere of Der Rosenkavalier and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel. She will also be seen again as Adele in Die Fledermaus, which she debuted last season.
Lauren's operatic credits include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni,* Giannetta in L'elisir d'amore, Pamina and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, 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 due to the Covid-19 pandemic