Initially stepping onto the stage as a young ballerina, Australian born soprano Lauren Zolezzi has now moved into the world of opera and is at the outset of an exciting career.
Lauren recently graduated with Distinction from the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on full academic scholarship. She then furthered this study by completing a Fellowship in Movement Direction, also at the GSMD, under the guidance of Victoria Newlyn. Before that, she completed her Master of Arts (Performance) at the Royal Academy of Music, also with Distinction and on full scholarship. Her musical training alongside previous ballet training and study of the Italian language, has led to a well-rounded performer who manages to capture the attention of audiences internationally.
In 2012, she won the National Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Scholarship in Australia. Other recent scholarships and prizes include The Majorie and Dorothy Whyte Memorial Award and Harold Rosenthal Opera Award from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The Sainsbury Award at the Royal Academy of Music and The Marion Macaulay Bequest Scholarship from the University of Sydney.
Lauren’s past operatic roles include Sophie Werther and Yniold Pelleas et Melisande (English Touring Opera), Adele Die Fledermaus (Opera Danube), the title role in Francesca di Foix, the Parrot/Cricket The Adventures of Pinocchio, Barbarina (cover Susanna) Le Nozze di Figaro, Salome San Giovanni Battista, Fanny The Cooper (GSMD), La Princesse and La Chauve-Souris L’Enfant et les sortilèges at the Barbican (LSSO). She has also performed as a soloist in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, the Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin-in-the-Field, The Barbican Concert Hall, Australia House London, St James Theatre London, The Foundling Museum, Government House Sydney, St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney and Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican. She has also featured on In Tune for BBC Radio 3, Fine Music 102 .5 in Sydney and FBI 94.5 Sydney.
Future engagements see Lauren return to English Touring Opera as the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience as well as her debut with Pinchgut Opera in Sydney as L'Amour in both Anacréon and Pigmalion.
Alongside her operatic experience, Lauren was a member of cross-over sextet ARYA who toured nationally in Australia with Ian Moss and Wendy Matthews and performed at both the Sydney Carols in the Domain and during the Australian Idol final as the opening for The Divinyls. She was also the featured soloist at the Evening Vigil during the World Youth Day celebrations in Sydney with Pope Benedict XVI.
Lauren’s continued development is generously supported by the Opera and Arts Support Group Australia, The Kathleen Trust, The Tait Memorial Trust, The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers, the Worshipful Company of Barbers and the Australian Government through the Australian Council of the Arts, it's Arts Funding and Advisory Body.