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Filipino-American Soprano, Lauren Florek brings honesty and authenticity to everything she performs. Lauren has performed in a wide variety of styles. Recent roles include Carrie Mae in The Silver fox, Deb in the musical Ordinary Days and Frasquita in Carmen. During her graduate studies, Lauren was accepted into Boston Opera Collaborative’s Young Artist Training Program and understudied the role of the First Witch in the Boston Camerata’s production of Dido and Aneas. During quarantine Lauren performed in a virtual fundraising concert benefiting the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Covid-19 African American relief fund, which featured music by Black composers from various styles. She also performed in a virtual fundraising concert for Envision Artist Company, a Black and Latinx founded Theater company in New York City. Lauren is very passionate about her study Filipino Classical music and has performed several recitals highlighting the genre while sharing the culture and history of the Philippines.
Lauren spent the summers of 2018 and 2019 in Urbino Italy with Musica nelle Marche studying Italian language and receiving musical and dramatic coaching. Lauren studied the roles of Lauretta from Gianni Schicchi and Mimi from La Boheme and performed scenes in several concerts throughout the Marche Region.
Lauren is also an experienced chorister and has performed in several churches throughout the Chicago Area. She served as a section leader at St. Vincent DePaul Parish for the 2020-2021 season. She is currently a chorister at Trinity Parish of Newton Centre.
Lauren was a semifinalist in the 2021 Perfect Day Music Competition. She was also the second-place winner of the 2019 Kleinman Competition. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University and a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music.
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