Colombian born Juanita Lascarro began her studies in biology in Bogotá, before moving to Cologne to pursue her singing career at the Cologne Musikhochschule and the Opera Studio of the Cologne Opera. Notable operatic roles to date include Lulu, Manon, Donna Elvira, Violetta, Pamina, Fiordiligi, Suor Angelica, Daphne, Emma (Fierrabras, Schubert), Broucek (Janacek), Zdenka, Musette, Ilia, Susanna, Fiordiligi, Countess Almaviva, Antonia, Daphne, Poppea, Juliette, Manon, Zarfana in the Feen from Wagner, and Agrippina for the Opera Frankfurt, where she is a principal soloist.
Elsewhere she has performed Poppea , Mimi (Leoncavallo’s Bohème), and Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Antonia at Theater an der Wien, Juliette with Rolando Villazón (Roméo et Juliette) at Vienna State Opera and at the Bavarian State Opera, Poppea in Zürich, Princess Laoula in Chabrier’s L’Étoile at the Berlin State Opera under Simon Rattle, Daphne under Thielemann, as well as Susanna for Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Netherlands Opera, Manon (Boulevard Solitude), Tiefland and Zerlina at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Oberto for Opéra National de Paris. At Welsh National Opera she has performed Liù (Turandot), Mimì (La boheme) and The Cunning Little Vixen, and she took the title role in Pelléas et Mélisande and Fiorilla in Turco in Italia at La Monnaie.
She is a regular guest at the Teatro Colón, Bogotá, where her roles have included Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Michaela (Carmen), Susanna, Violeta and Juliette, and for Garsington, Daphne, Adele in Comte Ory and Mirandolina. She sang The Greek Passion (Martinu) under Mackerras at Covent Garden.
In concert Juanita Lascarro’s performances include appearances with the Leipzig Gewandhaus under Lothar Zagrosek, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin under Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Antonio Pappano, the Finnish Radio Symphonie Orchestra under Sakari Orama, the Danish Radio Sinfonietta under Adam Fischer, and the Gürzenich Orchestra under James Conlon. She made her Proms debut in Weill’s Der Silbersee conducted by Markus Stenz, and performed Villa Lobos’ Bachiana Brasileira No. 5 with the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at the Proms and at the Salzburg Spring Festival, as the 8th of Mahler with Inouishi at the Royal Albert Hall.
In recital Juanita Lascarro has made appearances at the Bath International Festival, the Steensgard Festival, the Cork Chamber Music Festival and London’s Wigmore Hall, the Cologne Philharmonie, Sala Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá, amongst many others.
Her discography includes Les contes d’Hoffmann and Alcina for Erato, Der Silbersee for BMG, Die Verlobung im Traum for Decca, Der Zwerg for EMI and La Senna Festeggiante for Opus III. Arcadian Duets from Händel for Virgin, and a seleccion of Spanish songs for Òpera Tres, a selection of De Falla songs with the Katona brothers for Channel Classics, Amor Oriental- Händel alla Turca for Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, and Medonte, Myslivecek for Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. Opera highlights in the 2013-14 Season are Pamina, Donna Elvira in a new Don Giovanni production from Christof Loy, and Malinka/Etherea/Kunka in Broucek, all in Frankfurt.
Concert highlights will be, The Lyric Symphony from Zemlinsky and the Berg, Seven Early Songs under Carlos Miguel Prieto in Mexico City, The War Requiem, and The Four Last Songs under Frühbeck de Burgos, with The Danish Symphonie Orchestra.