Soprano Lauren Frey is from Pittsburgh, PA. Lauren was commended for her performance as Musetta in Opera Western Reserve's production of La Boheme. She "brilliantly negotiated the intricacies of her bel canto role with sparkling ease." In her famous "Musetta's Waltz" aria, Frey "depicted Musetta beautifully," while her ensemble vocals were "absolutely stunning" (The Classical Cleveland). Cleveland's A Musical Eye described her performance as "saucy."
Most recently, Lauren was named a Finalist with the Internationale Anton Rubinstein Vocal Competition in Düsseldorf, Germany. She was also a finalist with The American Prize, Women in Opera Division in 2018 and 2017. Lauren was named a semi-finalist with the Annapolis Vocal Competition and a semi-finalist with the Brava! Opera Theater James M. Collier Competition in 2015. She received 2nd Place in 2014 with The American Prize, Women in Opera Division and was a grant recipient from the prestigious Career Bridges Foundation. Lauren won 3rd Place at the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Regional Auditions after winning 1st Place at the MONC District Auditions. Lauren received an Honorable Mention Award from the Philadelphia Orchestra's Albert M. Greenfield Competition in 2013 and won first place at the MONC District Auditions in 2012.
In her 2018/19 season, Lauren returned to Opera Steamboat for her role debut as Foreign Princess in Rusalka. She made her debut with the company in 2018 as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Earlier that year, Lauren made her role debut as Violetta in St Petersburg Opera's cover matinee performance of La Traviata. Lauren returned to Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro in 2017 after debuting the role in 2015 in New York City. Earlier that year, she appeared in concert with Maestro Ricahrd Bado at the Texas Musical Festival in Houston, Texas, performing Semiramide (partial role.) Lauren made her New York City Opera company debut as a member of the ensemble in Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas, and was invited back for NYCO’s double bill production of Aleko/Pagliacci (Rachmoninov/Leoncavallo.) In 2016, Lauren made her role debut as Konstanze (cover matinee performance) in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with St. Petersburg Opera. In 2013, Lauren sang Musetta in La Bohème with Opera Western Reserve and made her international debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni in Weimar, Germany.
Other operatic credits include the title role in Handel's Alcina, Die Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and Micaela in Carmen. Partial role credits include Gilda in Rigoletto, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, the title role in Rossini's Semiramide, and the Countess in Capriccio.
Lauren studies with Sharon Sweet and lives in New Jersey.