Lauren McAllister is a lyric mezzo-soprano based in Cincinnati. Her upcoming appearances include Vesta in the world premiere of Fierce (Cincinnati Opera), world premieres of bird themed works for vocal duo with Avimimus, and the premiere of Robert Kyr’s work for sixteen voices, Earth Ritual (Conspirare). She recently performed with the Lubbock Symphony for their Chamber Sound! Series, sang the role of Queen of the Virtues in Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum, and covered the role of Ännchen in Queen City Opera’s Der Freischütz. She performs regularly with a variety of choral ensembles, including Conspirare, the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Collegium Cincinnati, and the PaTRAM Institute Singers. Lauren is an artist on three Grammy®-nominated recordings for Best Choral Performance: Conspirare’s The Singing Guitar, The Hope of Loving and the PaTRAM Institute Singers’ Sander: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.
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. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Robert McIver. Lauren was the 2015 Nebraska District winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, was a finalist in the 2012 Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition, and won first place in the 2011 Syracuse Civic Morning Musicals Competition.