Lauren Margison debuts with Pacific Opera Victoria in April 2020 in the role of Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen.
Lauren is a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, an alumna of l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, and a 2015 laureate of Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques. She was the youngest finalist to appear in the “Meistersinger von Nürnberg” singing competition and is a winner of the 2018 George London Foundation Awards Competition.
Recent engagements include Micaëla with the Brott Music Festival, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Highlands Opera Studio and a concert appearance with the PRISMA Festival, singing Strauss’s Four Last Songs. During her 2017/18 season, Lauren returned to l’Atelier lyrique and performed Clorinda in La Cenerentola with l’Opéra de Montréal and Missia in l’ Atelier lyrique’s production of La Veuve joyeuse.
Lauren has appeared as a soloist in Hommage à Reynaldo Hahn with the Société d’art vocal de Montréal, in the new opera Mishaabooz’s Realm with the Highlands Opera Studio and Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal; in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Mozart’s Requiem with Vox Luminosa and Choeur de Laval; in the role of Mimi in a special presentation of La bohème with artists of the COC Ensemble; and was featured in the COC’s Elektra.
Lauren has performed extensively both in Canada and internationally, specializing in classical, jazz and pop repertoire. Highlights include performances for Opera Ontario, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, The Beaches Jazz Festival, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, and the Cincinnati Pops. She was one of four singers to perform the music of Gordon Lightfoot for Gordon Lightfoot at the Lifetime Achievement Heart and Vision Awards and was a featured soloist on the City TV Christmas Carol Sing aired across Canada.
Lauren has appeared as a guest artist with Argentinian tenor Jose Cura at the Pavilhão Atlântico in Lisbon, performing before an audience of 8,000 and a pan-European television audience. As a member of the female vocal group The Real Divas, she is featured on their CD Café Society. Lauren also performs across Canada with her father, Richard Margison, in their vocal duo Back to Back and continues to hone her vocal art under the tutelage of Margison and Valerie Kuinka.
Soprano Lauren Margison was completely convincing as the bejeweled and bedazzled Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust. The performance was polished, the French was superb, and we loved the thrilling trilling of her high-lying instrument.
Meche Kroop, Voce di Meche, review of Marguerite’s “Jewel Song” from Faust, George London Foundation Finals