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2019: Alumni Mentor
Previous NUOVA Festival Credits:
2006: NUOVA Participant: Antonia in "Les contes d'Hoffmann"
2005: NUOVA Participant: Mrs. Hayes & Chorus in "Susannah"
2004: NUOVA Participant 4 Day Intensive
Whether being hailed as “mesmerizing” (Classical Voice of North Carolina), “magnificently bell-toned” (Capital Critics Circle), or “a clear standout” (San Francisco Classical Voice), soprano Lara Ciekiewicz is making her mark as a dynamic singing-actress. This season, she was reunited with her OOTA family to reprise the role of May in Ours. Lara debuted with both Opera Kelowna and Fargo-Moorhead Opera as Micaëla in Carmen, as well as with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. She rejoined the Victoria Symphony for their salute to Bernstein, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra to sing the songs of John Denver. She also took on the saucy Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus for Toronto Operetta Theatre.
The past season saw Lara’s Czech opera debut in the title role in Janáček’s Jenůfa for Pacific Opera Victoria, directed by Atom Egoyan. She returned to Opera on the Avalon as Cinderella in Into the Woods, and made her Virtuosi Concerts debut in a program for soprano, piano, and string quartet. Lara also made her company and role debuts as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin for Calgary Opera. Finally, she was happily reunited with her Salute to Vienna!, Winnipeg Singers, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra families for various concerts.
Recently, Lara debuted as the Sound of Music’s irrepressible Maria for Opera on the Avalon. With a nod to her Polish heritage, she was part of a wonderful program of music for the Paderewski Music Society. Lara also tackled her first major Verdi role - Amelia in Simon Boccanegra for Pacific Opera Victoria. She rejoined her Salute to Vienna! family for concerts in Los Angeles and San Diego, and made her Vancouver Opera debut as La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro.
Upcoming: Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi/Suor Genovieffa, Suor Angelica (Pacific Opera Victoria); Susannah, Susannah (Manitoba Opera); soloist, Messiah (Victoria Symphony); Countess, Le nozze di Figaro (Edmonton Opera)
Further credits include: May (Ours); Liù (Turandot); Micaëla (Carmen); Musetta (La Bohème); Nellie Forbush (South Pacific); Sylva (The Gypsy Princess); Helga (Gisela in Her Bathtub); Mrs. Nordstrom (A Little Night Music); High Priestess (Aida); Lyudmila (Ruslan I Lyudmila); Fiordiligi (Così Fan Tutte); Pamina and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte); Alcina (Alcina); Anna (Anna Bolena); and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi). Recent collaborators include Opera on the Avalon, Manitoba Opera, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Flipside Opera, Dry Cold Productions, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Pacific Opera Victoria, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Opera in Concert, l’Opéra de Montréal, and l’Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke.
Ms. Ciekiewicz holds a Master of Music in Opera from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in 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).