Lauren McAllister is a lyric mezzo-soprano currently based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Upcoming appearances include the alto soloist with Collegium Cincinnati in Vivaldi’s Gloria, traveling with Conspirare for their tour of Considering Matthew Shepard, and performing with Cincinnati Soundbox as an artist-in-residence, where she will premiere works by both San Francisco and Cincinnati-based composers.
This past year, Lauren appeared as Lazuli (l'Étoile, Sin City Opera), Melanto (Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera Louisiane), and as the mezzo soloist for the Duruflé Requiem with the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble. She also returned to the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble as the alto soloist in the Bach Ascension Oratorio, and she sang as the alto soloist for Handel’s Messiah with both Collegium Cincinnati and the Mennonite Choral Society of Berne, IN. As an avid recitalist, she debuted with the Lynx Project for their Snapshots for Every Voice concert series, and with the Cincinnati Song Initiative in their Survey of Les Six, where she sang selections by Honegger and Milhaud.
Lauren covered the roles of Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and The Maid (The Witches of Venice) at Opera Saratoga and performed the title role of La Perichole with Sin City Opera. She also toured in Norway with Grammy®-winning ensemble Conspirare for the 2016 St. Olav Festival. In December of 2015, Lauren took first place in the Nebraska District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. As a concert artist, she appeared as the mezzo soloist in the Bach B Minor Mass with the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble and with the Cincinnati Chamber Opera in a staged performance of the Pergolesi Stabat Mater.
For her 2014-2015 season, Lauren made her Cincinnati Chamber Opera debut as Der Trommler (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), the Dog and Ice Cream Man (Brundibar), and covered the title role of Ariodante. She also sang the role of Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) with ROKCincy and Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) with Undercroft Opera in Pittsburgh. As a concert artist, Lauren was a mezzo soloist in the United States premiere of the Telemann Brockes Passion with Collegium Cincinnati, and performed the mezzo solo of John Corigliano's Fern Hill with the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble.
Lauren received her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), in the studio of Karen Lykes. While at CCM, Lauren performed as the alto soloist in a staged production of the Bach St. John Passion, sang the role of Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), and covered the role of Lazuli (l'Etoile). Lauren holds a Bachelor's degree in Voice Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Robert McIver. She performed the roles of Aunt Emma (Hin und Zurück) and Rosine (Signor Deluso), and was a finalist in the Jesse Kneisel Lieder Competition (2012).