A recent graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, American soprano Lauren Snouffer has bowed at the Company as Elvira in L’italiana in Algeri, Ellie in Show Boat in a new production by Francesca Zambello under the baton of Music Director Patrick Summers, Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia conducted by Rory Macdonald and directed by Arin Arbus, Thibault in a new production of Don Carlos directed by John Caird and conducted by Patrick Summers, and as Rosina in student performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Her diverse array of roles spans from Phénice and La Gloire in Lully’s Armide and Clorinda in Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda to Florestine in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, Ruth Baldwin in Musto’s Later the Same Evening, and the Princess in Susa’s Transformations.
Miss Snouffer spent the summer of 2012 covering the role of Agnes for the world premiere of George Benjamin’s Written On Skin at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and made her European operatic debut in the part at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, France. She has performed Written on Skin under the composer’s baton at the Tanglewood Music Festival and has been involved in presentations of the work given by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Wiener Festwochen.
During the 2013-14 season, the soprano sings Pamina in The Magic Flute for a company debut at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City conducted by Gary Wedow, and joins the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago in productions of Rusalka and La clemenza di Tito. Miss Snouffer makes a New York Philharmonic debut in HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pig Tale conducted by Alan Gilbert and directed by Doug Fitch and joins Matthias Pintscher for Bach’s Johannes-Passion with the International Beethoven Project in Chicago. She appears with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble for Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre, rings in the New Year with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a Viennese program, and makes a recording of Hasse’s Solimano with conductor Riccardo Minasi and Il Pomo d’Oro for the Decca label.
The artist has collaborated with Houston’s Mercury Baroque, Juilliard415, and with the AXIOM Ensemble. She was a grand finalist in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and is a graduate of Rice University and the Juilliard School.