Lauren Corcoran Emrich, soprano
is a native and current resident of Pittsburgh. Lauren is an active performer in her hometown and surrounding area. She is the current winner of an Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Pittsburgh District auditions. This season, Lauren will sing Dama and Lady Macbeth (school production) in Verdi's Macbeth with Opera Western Reserve and perform as a guest soloist with Pittsburgh Youth Concert Orchestra. An active soloist and recitalist, she recently performed the soprano solo in Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem with The University of Akron Choirs and a Lenten Recital at Coraopolis United Methodist Church collaborating with Nolan Petote, clarinet, and Bryan Sable, piano. This season, Lauren joins the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh as a core soprano. Last season, she made her debut with Resonance Works as Ivy Smith in Bernstein's On the Town, A Joyous Sound!, and Bach's St. John Passion. A highlight for this upcoming summer, Lauren will sing with Voces Solis Summer Singers. Previously in the Cleveland area, she sang for Renée Fleming in masterclass through the Cleveland Orchestra Education Program and in the chorus of Cleveland Opera Theater's production of La Bohème. Lauren was a semifinalist at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Competition in 2017 and 2016. Other competitions include: first place - Voices of Canton (VOCI) Scholarship Competition, first (2015) and second place (2016) - Ohio NATS Competition, first (2017) and second place (2016) - NATS Great Lakes Regional Competition, and second place - Tuesday Musical Scholarship Competition.
During her studies at The University of Akron, she performed as Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, Julia Child in Bon Appétit!, Madame Goldentrill in The Impresario, Apollonia in La Canterina and in scenes from Rusalka, Into the Woods, The Marriage of Figaro, Rita, and Der Freischütz. In Pittsburgh, Lauren is a member of the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus roster. Previously with Undercroft Opera, Lauren sang Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus and Kate Pinkerton (cover) in Madama Butterfly. She also performed many recitals including “Second Saturday at the Carsello's” with pianist Rebekah Hill, and a Lenten Recital with pianist Alastair Stout at Coraopolis United Methodist Church. She in an active soloist with Coraopolis United Methodist Church, Bradford Woods Community Church, and St. Stephen's Church in Sewickley.
Previously as a Young Artist with Opera Western Reserve, she participated in their main stage productions as well as educational outreach performances. Lauren has been featured in their Mini Main productions as Musetta in La Bohème, Madame Goldentrill in The Impresario, and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Sigiliva. She has appeared in the chorus of their Main Stage productions: La Bohème, Il Barbiere di Sigiliva (with Lawrence Brownlee), Tosca, and Carmen. During her time at Youngstown State University, she sang Gretel and the Mother in Hansel and Gretel, Dido and the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Anita in La Perichole, and The Girl in Jack Beeson’s Hello, Out There!
In 2015, Lauren made her second appearance with the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Moon Area High School Honors Chorus, and Upper Saint Clair High School Pantheon Choir as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. In 2013, she sang the soprano solo in Carmina Burana with this same collaboration. She has also been a soloist with The University of Akron Concert Choir, Mercer Community Band, Youngstown State University Dana Chorale, and the Salem Youth Choir.
Lauren participated in Bay View's 2013 two-week intensive Summer Opera (Baby Doe - The Ballad of Baby Doe, Dorine - Tartuffe), Art Song, and Recording Seminar. In the summer of 2014, she was selected as one of 32 singers to participate in OperaWorks Advanced Artist program in Los Angeles. At OperaWorks, she premiered a new opera entitled Opera Reconstructed: The Heist as Lauren O’Donnell Mezzo. In the summer of 2013, Lauren was a Concert Artist with “Oberlin in Italy”; where she performed operatic recitals throughout Tuscany.
Lauren holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Akron where she studied with Dr. Laurie Lashbrook. Lauren's Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education is from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University. Lauren is a member of the Tri-State Chapter of NATS.