Lara made her Pacific Opera Victoria debut in 2013 as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific in Concert. Since then she has returned for important role debuts as Amelia in Simon Boccanegra and Jenůfa in Janáček’s Jenůfa. The 2019/20 season sees Lara in the dual roles of Suor Genevieve in Suor Angelica and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi.
Lara’s 2019/20 season also includes the title role in Susannah for Manitoba Opera, Messiah for the Victoria Symphony, The Countess in Le nozze di Figaro for Edmonton Opera, Ours at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and Three Decembers for the Little Opera Company.
Her 2018/19 season featured performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the Oklahoma Symphony, Ours for Opera on the Avalon, Micaëla in Carmen for Fargo Moorhead Opera and Opera Kelowna, a Pops evening with the Victoria Symphony and the role or Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus for Toronto Operetta Theatre.
Other recent highlights include the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro (Vancouver Opera, Manitoba Opera); Tatyana in Eugene Onegin (Calgary Opera); Into the Woods for Opera on the Avalon, Forsythe’s Métis Songs with the Winnipeg Symphony; Musetta in La bohème (Manitoba Opera, Opéra de Montréal); the title role in Anna Bolena (Voicebox: Opera in Concert); Liu in Turandot (Manitoba Opera); the title roles in Countess Maritza and The Gypsy Princess, and Lisa in Das Land des Lächelns (Toronto Operetta Theatre).
Lara holds a Master’s in Music (Opera) from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Voice) from the University of Winnipeg. She is a laureate of Montreal’s Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques.
An outstanding Jenůfa. Her singing was flawless, clear, well enunciated, strongly projected, and characterful—and her acting was strong. Her Act 2 prayer to the Virgin was beautifully sung, with an aching legato that brought out the poignant lyricism of the prayer. The same fine quality could be found in her devastated response to her foster mother’s news of the death of her infant son. She also shone in the great scene that ends the opera, with Jenůfa forgiving her stepmother and recognizing Laca’s love and spiritual growth.
Harvey De Roo, Vancouver Classical Music, review of Jenůfa, Pacific Opera Victoria, 2017
No one sang better than soprano Lara Ciekiewicz as ingenue Amelia. Her clarion voice, boasting an exciting edge, carried effortlessly through the Royal Theatre. Her timbre is attractive and powerful, well-suited for dramatic roles.
Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist, Review of Simon Boccanegra, Pacific Opera Victoria, 2016.