Taylor Raven is a “vocal sensation” (Washington Classical Review) and quickly establishing herself in opera, concert, and recital. Ms. Raven begins the 22-23 season with her debut at the San Francisco Opera for a trio of operas including the world premiere of John Adams’ new opera Antony and Cleopatra (Charmian), Dialogues des Carmélites (Sister Mathilde) and La traviata (Flora). Other highlights this season include debuts with Kentucky Opera for La Cenerentola (Angelina) and Chicago Opera Theater for The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing (Joan Clarke). On the concert stage, she will make her debut with The Cleveland Orchestra for La fanciulla del West (Wowkle) conducted by Franz Welser-Möst and return to the Memphis Symphony.
Last season she made debuts with Houston Grand Opera for Die Zauberflöte (Dritte Dame), Washington Concert Opera for Lakmé (Mallika), and North Carolina Opera for Moravec’s Sanctuary Road. On the concert stage she made debuts with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, and returned to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Additional engagements included the world premiere of a song cycle commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with Urban Arias and a return to the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Recent engagements include debuts with Des Moines Metro Opera in Pique Dame (Pauline), Finger Lakes Opera in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina), and Handel & Haydn Society for Beethoven Symphony No. 9 conducted by Marin Alsop. A recent graduate of the Young Artist Program at LA Opera where she was seen in La clemenza di Tito (Annio), Don Carlo (Tebaldo), the Kosky production of Die Zauberflöte (Zweite Dame) conducted by James Colon, and Hansel and Gretel (Sandman). As a Filene Artist at Wolf Trap Opera she performed in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina) and L’heure espagnole (Concepción). On the concert stage she made her Alice Tully Hall debut appearing with the American Symphony Orchestra for a concert of Bach arias conducted by Leon Botstein.
Taylor made her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut as a soloist in the Hollywood Bowl performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with Bramwell Tovey. She appeared with the New West Symphony in Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky under Mikhail Agrest and made her Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra debut as a soloist in Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied with James Conlon as a part of their May Festival. She performed with Wolf Trap Opera and the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, making a Naxos Classical recording of Bernstein’s Songfest conducted by James Judd. She is a recipient of a Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation and won 1st prize in the Loren L. Zachary competition.
Ms. Raven made her debut with Seattle Opera in As One (Hannah After). She is a alumna of the San Francisco Opera Center’s Merola Opera Program. In the Schwabacher Summer Concert she performed in scenes from Le comte Ory (Isolier), Dialogues des Carmélites (Mère Marie), and Serse (Arsamene). She also presented a recital as a part of their Schwabacher series in collaboration with Mark Morash.
Taylor holds degrees from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Colorado-Boulder.