Hailed for her “tour-de-force performance” (Winnipeg Free Press) in the title role of Manitoba Opera’s Susannah, Lara has established herself as a dynamic, intelligent, and moving singing-actress. Her facility for fully transforming into a character, regardless of genre, has earned her the reputation of being an artistic chameleon.
In addition to the title role in Manitoba Opera’s Susannah, the 2019-20 season saw Lara as Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) and Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica) for Pacific Opera Victoria’s Il Trittico, as a soloist for the Victoria Symphony’s Messiah, and make her Edmonton Opera debut as the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro).
Recent appearances include Open Air: A Summer Festival of Music for Pacific Opera Victoria and the Victoria Symphony; The Sopranos of Winnipeg for Manitoba Opera and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; Concert in the Cathedral Ruins, Opera in the Garden, and a film version of the Easter Hymn for Manitoba Opera; All Those Arias for the Little Opera Company; and performing for the Mysterious Barricades Concert Society.
As theatres reopen, upcoming projects include Elle (La voix humaine) for Manitoba Opera, and Musetta (La Bohème) for Edmonton Opera.
Select additional credits (and collaborators) include: Jenůfa/Jenůfa, Amelia/Simon Boccanegra (Pacific Opera Victoria); Tatyana/Eugene Onegin (Calgary Opera); Countess/Le nozze di Figaro (Manitoba Opera, Vancouver Opera); Rosalinde/Die Fledermaus, Sylva/The Gypsy Princess (Toronto Operetta Theatre); Micaëla/Carmen (Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Opera Kelowna, Opera Lyra Ottawa); Musetta/La Bohème (Manitoba Opera, Opéra de Montréal); Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Boise Philharmonic, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra); May/Ours, Cinderella/Into the Woods, Maria/The Sound of Music (Opera on the Avalon).
Lara is increasingly in demand as an adjudicator, and teacher. She holds a Masters in Music (Opera) from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Arts - Honours (Voice) from the University of Winnipeg. She is an alumna of l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, the Banff Centre, Opera NUOVA, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre). Lara also enjoys gardening, is an avid walker, loves fabulous footwear, and is a self-professed prairie-girl forever.