Lauren Segal

Mezzo-soprano

Lauren Segal

Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal, the only Canadian chosen to participate in the inaugural Salzburg Festival Young Artist Project, has established herself as a vibrant presence in both the opera and concert worlds. Critics praise her tone for its “gleaming, luscious timbre” (La Scena Musicale) and her operatic interpretations as “absolutely sensational” (Paula Citron), “spectacular” (The Toronto Star) and “alluring, sexy, her voice rich in nuance” (Opera Magazine). Ms. Segal’s current season includes Dritte Dame in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE with the Canadian Opera Company, ELIJAH for Choeur St. Laurent and later for l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Martin’s IN TERRA PAX with the Grant Park Music Festival. She began the season with Meg Page in FALSTAFF and in April appears as Charlotte in WERTHER, both for Manitoba Opera. Ms. Segal also appeared in Edmonton Symphony’s MESSIAH this past December. In the coming season, Ms. Segal looks forward to Olga in EUGENE ONEGIN with Calgary Opera and MESSIAH with the Nova Scotia Symphony.

In 2015, she had a personal triumph with her intense performance in Tapestry Opera’s World Premiere of M’DEA UNDONE. Her 2015-2016 schedule also included Katisha in MIKADO for Calgary Projects, Flora in LA TRAVIATA for the Canadian Opera Company, Emilia in OTELLO for Opéra de Montréal, Hermia in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for Pacific Opera Victoria, EL AMOR BRUJO for the Hamilton Philharmonic, and MESSIAH for both the San Francisco Symphony and the McGill Chamber Orchestra.

In 2014-2015, she was engaged for FALSTAFF (Meg Page) for the Canadian Opera Company, IL TRAMONTO (Festival de musique de chambre de Montréal), MADAMA BUTTERLY (Suzuki) and RIGOLETTO (Maddalena) for Opera Tampa, MESSIAH for the Edmonton Symphony and a recital tour of the Maritime Provinces for Debut Atlantic. Recent seasons included Mozart’s KRÖNUNGSMESSE with the Toronto Symphony, Suzuki in MADAMA BUTTERFLY with Calgary Opera, Meg Page in FALSTAFF with l’Opéra de Montréal, l’Opéra de Québec’s Opera Gala, Bach’s JOHANNES PASSION with the Grand Philharmonic Choir, the title role in DIDO AND AENEAS for Festival of the Sound and the Westben Festival, Dvorak’s REQUIEM for Chorus Niagara and Mahler’s LIEDER EINES FAHRENDEN GESELLEN with the Niagara Symphony.

Further highlights include Maddalena in RIGOLETTO for both Manitoba Opera and Opera Hamilton, Nicklausse/Muse/Voix in Edmonton Opera’s LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN, Métella in LA VIE PARISIENNE for Toronto Operetta Theatre, the title role of CARMEN for Saskatoon Opera, and Janacek’s DIARY OF ONE WHO DISAPPEARED with the avant-garde company, Against the Grain Theatre. She was heard in concert with Off Centre Music, the Canadian Art Song Project, and in ELIJAH with the Richard Eaton Singers.

An alumna of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, she was seen at the Four Seasons Centre as Nicklausse/Muse in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN and in roles such as Mercedes in CARMEN, Siébel in FAUST, Aljeja in Janáček’s FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD, Sonya in Prokovief’s WAR AND PEACE, Nancy T’sang in Adams’ NIXON IN CHINA, Dryade in Strauss’ ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Popova in Walton’s THE BEAR, and Third Lady in Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE. Additional credits include Maddalena in RIGOLETTO for l’Opéra de Montréal, Dorabella in COSI FAN TUTTE for Pacific Opera Victoria, Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and Orlovsky in DIE FLEDERMAUS for Opera Hamilton, Suzuki in MADAMA BUTTERFLY with Manitoba Opera and Opera Hamilton and Agnese in Bellini’s BEATRICE DI TENDA, Fenena in NABUCCO and Smeton in ANNA BOLENA with Toronto’s VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert.

In demand as a concert artist, she has sung ELIJAH with Nézet-Séguin and l’Orchestre Métropolitain, MESSIAH with the Grand Philharmonic Choir, the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Victoria Symphony and Beethoven’s SYMPHONY No. 9 for the Windsor Symphony. She sang at the Westben Festival in Schumann’s FRAUENLIEBE UND LEBEN, in recitals for FestiVoix de Trois-Rivières and the Aldeburgh Connection, and in Opera Galas with the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, l’Opéra de Montréal and Manitoba Opera.

A recipient of two Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Encouragement Awards, Ms. Segal was born in South Africa, and holds a Master’s of Science degree from the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto.    

March 2017

Opera

Adams Nancy T’sang NIXON IN CHINA
Barber Erika VANESSA
Bellini Agnese BEATRICE DI TENDA
Bizet Carmen/Mercedes CARMEN
Britten Hermia A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Cavalli Endimione LA CALISTO
Donizetti Smeton ANNA BOLENA
Dvořák Zweite Elfe RUSALKA
Gluck Orfeo ORFEO ED EURIDICE
Gounod Siebel FAUST
  Stephano ROMÉO ET JULIETTE
Harris M’dea M’DEA UNDONE
Humperdinck Hänsel HÄNSEL UND GRETEL
Janáček Aljeja FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD
Lehár Valencienne THE MERRY WIDOW
Mozart Dorabella
Cherubino
Sesto
Dritte Dame/Zweite Dame
COSI FAN TUTTE
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
Offenbach Métalla LA VIE PARISIENNE
  Nicklaus/Muse/Voix LES CONTES D’HOFFMAN
Prokofiev Sonya WAR AND PEACE
Puccini Suzuki MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Purcell Dido DIDO AND AENEAS
Rodgers Bloody Mary SOUTH PACIFIC
Romberg Princess Margaret THE STUDENT PRINCE
Rossini Tisbe Rosina LA CENERENTOLA IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
Strauss, J. Orlofsky DIE FLEDERMAUS
Shostakovich Sonyetka LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK
Strauss, R. Dritte Magd
Dryad/Komponist
ELEKTRA
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
Sullivan Katisha THE MIKADO
Verdi Meg Page
Maddalena
Flora/Annina
Fenena
FALSTAFF
RIGOLETTO
LA TRAVIATA
NABUCCO
Wagner Wellgunde
Rossweisse/Siegrune
Wellgunde/Flosshilde
DAS RHEINGOLD
DIE WALKÜRE
GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG
Walton Popova THE BEAR

Concert

Bach Cantata BMW 147
Johannes Passion
Magnificat
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Bruckner Mass in F minor
De Falla Siete Canciones Populares Españolas
Dvořák Ciganske Melodie
Handel Messiah
Haydn
Janáček
Nelson Messe
Diary of the One Who Disappeared
Mahler Leider eines fahrenden Gesellen
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Krönungsmesse
Mass in C minor
Schumann Frauenlieben und Leben
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music

 

“Les quatre belles commères…le mezzo Lauren Segal (Meg Page), brillent par leur charme et leur espièglerie. Quatre voix superbes et quatre actrices exceptionnelles, elles chantent et jouent avec une grande complicité.” [Falstaff, Manitoba Opera]  
La Liberté, Pierre Meunier

“The performances were uniformly excellent, let by the wonderfully intense M’dea of Lauren Segal. When she learns of Jason’s betrayal of TV and in the final bloody denouement, she was almost as terrifying as the mythical Medea.” [Tapestry New Opera, M’dea Undone]

Opera Canada, John Gilks
 
“But the standout female voice was mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal, whose impressive range, depth and intonation was matched only by her expressive intensity. Though she has only one solo late in the second act (“Alone, and Yet Alive”) with contributions to several other pieces throughout the production, Segal’s resonant mezzo and theatrical delivery make “The Mikado” a performance to remember.”
Huffington Post, Shannon McLennan

“Lauren Segal makes the most of the role of Katisha, the comic dragon lady, her voice rich, sumptuous, and filled with emotion.”
Calgary Herald, Kenneth Delong

“Mezzo Lauren Segal sang a M’dea of fierce, startling beauty, her vital, earthy tone erupting into bursts of vibrancy, passionate and primal, fiery and exciting. A frequent guest artist with the Canadian Opera Company, Segal daringly overturned conventional notions of technique, employing sharp breath breaks as gasps of dread, flashing back and forth between head and chest voice, eyes ablaze with pain and fury. An unsettling performance. And quite extraordinary.” [Tapestry Opera, M’dea Undone world premiere] Opera Going Toronto, Ian Ritchie
 
“She sounded spectacular, and put the text before all. Ugly chest voice, hyperventilating panic, seduction; Lauren sang them all so specifically that I was pulled past all the “parts” of opera and into the story. This is the best I’ve heard her, and I couldn’t help but notice that she was a beautiful actor, too.  [Tapestry Opera, M’dea Undone world premiere]
Schmopera, Jenna Douglas

As M’dea, Lauren Segal is breathtaking. A challenging role to sing for sure, she made excellent and prolific use of her chest voice, adding a depth of heartiness and earthiness to balance with some of her incredibly difficult higher passages. Her acting was on point. Segal was riveting from start to finish.  [Tapestry Opera, M’dea Undone world premiere] Schmopera, Greg Finney

“…two late Romanticism-drenched works for voice and strings in which mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal contributed her creamy voice and vividly dramatic presence: Zemlinsky’s “Maiblumen blühten überall” and Respighi’s “Il Tramonto.”
Laurence Vittes, Strings Magazine

“Lauren Segal was a sympathetic Suzuki in one of opera’s most appealing roles, her singing warm and expressive…”
Calgary Herald, Kenneth Delong

“In the title role, mezzo Lauren Segal was everything an eager and appreciative audience could hope for. A dark-haired beauty with an alluring figure poured into a variety of clinging dresses, she presented a sultry and smoldering femme fatale. One moment her voice scorched her listeners, the next she placed it as one would a china teacup, as she did, for example, in the Seguidilla.”
Opera Canada, William Robertson

“Segal manages to smolder, then explode – both vocally and in terms of her acting – without overdoing it. Her onstage ease is the secret to her success in this dream role.”
The StarPhoenix, Richard Marjan [Carmen, Saskatoon Opera]

“The cast member who made the strongest impression was Lauren Segal as Métella. She has a lush but unclouded mezzo-soprano and a strong stage presence. Her seductive Métella seemed to give a foretaste of Carmen.”
Stage Door, Christopher Hoile [La Vie Parisienne]

“Perhaps most effective of all was the young mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal, thoroughly convincing both musically and theatrically in the trouser role of Nicklausse.”
Mark Morris, Edmonton Journal [Les Contes d’Hoffman, Edmonton Opera]

“Lauren Segal, whose vivid Maddalena was especially notable”
Waynne Gooding, Opera Canada [Rigoletto, Opera Hamilton]

“Lauren Segal’s rich mezzo voice lent a touch of class to her tawdry Maddalena.”
Leonard Turnevicius , The Hamilton Spectator

“Mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal has the physical attributes to attract customers to Maddalena’s profession and the vocal chords to keep them.”
James Karas, bachtrack

“Lauren Segal did an expert job with the role of Maddalena. The character appears only in the final act but, with both her singing and acting, she persuasively portrayed this experienced woman who has been instantly captivated by the Duke. Her rich mezzo provided a favourable contrast to the other principal singers in the cast.”
David S. Fawcett, Composer’s Notebook

“Mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal used her lustrous voice and fine acting ability to convey the Muse’s hope and frustration and provided the moral grounding for the entire production.”
Christopher Hoile, Opera News

“Segal is absolutely sensational with a rich, fruity mezzo-soprano voice that will take her far. She has it all – she can both sing and act.”
Paul Citron, paulacitron.ca

“Especial treats are the pashmina-warm mezzo of Lauren Segal as the Muse…”
John Terauds, The Toronto Star

“The singing is first-rate, beginning with Lauren Segal’s passionate Muse/Nicklausse…”
Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine

“In contrast, mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal uses her lustrous voice and fine acting ability to convey the Muse’s frustration and despair over Hoffmann’s infatuations.”
Christopher Hoile, stage-door.com

“Canadian mezzo Lauren Segal shone as Nicklausse, a role tailor-made for her voice and personality. Given this version that opened all the cuts, Nicklausse has more music to sing than any of the women. To my eyes and ears, Segal gave the performance of her still young career.”
Joseph So, La Scena Musicale

“Mezzo-Soprano Lauren Segal did a fantastic job as The Muse/Nicklausse. I especially enjoyed her rich, warm low notes, which had just the right amount of bite. Dramatically,
her transition from the feminine muse to Hoffmann’s male friend was very well executed.”
Mooney on Theatre

“And then there is Lauren Segal’s incandescent Nicklausse. Her dark velvet tone has just enough gleam on the top to cut through the dark cavernous hall like a beam of light.”
Axel van Chee, The Charlebois Post

“Lauren Segal’s burnished mezzo-soprano made her Muse/Nicklausse a pleasure throughout.” [Canadian Opera Company, Les Contes d’Hoffman] Globe and Mail – Tamara Berstein

“With four sopranos performing Hoffmann’s love fixations the main female role is that of the Muse/Nicklausse – Lauren Segal excels in every way.”
Michael Johnson, ConcertoNet.com

“Lauren Segal was a wonderfully feisty and vocally sure-footed Rosina, evident right away in her fiery account of “Una voce poco fa.”
Opera Canada, Wayne Gooding

“Barefooted and frowzy-headed, she emanated all the sexuality a temptress can muster.”
Ontario Arts Review – Danny Gaisin [Carmen, Brott Summer Music]

“The Canadian Lauren Segal (Maddalena) was alluring, sexy, her voice rich in nuance. The best drama of the evening was her heated argument with Sparafucile over whom to murder.”
Opera Magazine, Robert Markow

“Toronto audiences are no stranger to mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal, whose Maddalena was one of the finest performances of the night.”
Globe and Mail , Alan Conter

“Mr. Ernesto Morillo and Miss Lauren Segal as Sparafucile and his sister Maddalena, could have stolen the entire show if their roles were not so confined. When they were on stage, these artists dominated with a quality that portends future greatness…Miss Segal owns a ravishing vocal instrument.”
COMMANDOpera.com

“Le tendem Sparafucille-Maddalena est studpéfiant de voix et de jeu…une aguicheuse de classe magnifiquement interprétée par Lauren Segal dont la musicalité de réels talents dramatiques laissent prager une belle carrier.”
Forum Opera – Réal Boucher

In translation:
“The team of Sparafucile-Maddalena amazed in both voice and acting ability…[A Maddalena] seductively and magnificently portrayed by Lauren Segal whose musicality and real dramatic talent point to a big career.”
Forum Opera, Réal Boucher

“… the richness of Segal’s tone and delightfully crisp, clear delivery… Segal showed her impressive range in “O mio Fernando” from La Favorita by Donizetti. Finely crafted lines and convincing acting made us feel her sorrow.”
Opera Today, Gwenda Nemerofsky

“Lauren Segal is one of the strongest Suzukis ever, both vocally and dramatically.”
Classical 96.3, Paula Citron

“Butterfly’s maid, Suzuki, was the glorious-voiced Canadian mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal. Possessing a range that would challenge any alto, Segal has a wonderful instrument. Her tone flows like heavy cream. An accomplished actress, her fierce loyalty to Butterfly was eminently convincing.”
Winnipeg Free Press, Gwenda Nemerofsky

“There is a power in Segal’s mezzo that belies her stature. The timbre and range she imparted reflected soul”
Brott Music (blog), Danny Gaisin

“The Dorabella was Lauren Segal, possessed of a rich and beautiful mezzo voice, and – no disadvantage – gorgeous to look at.”
Musicweb-interntional, Bernard Jacobson

“Superb is also the word for Lauren Segal’s Mercédès. Segal is also understudying the title role. It would be interesting to see what she could do as the lead…”
Hamilton (blog), Leonard Turnevicius

“Special mention is due Lauren Segal (Mercédès), an intelligent young singer who must have the role of Carmen in her not-too-distant future.”
Concertonet, Michael Johnson

“Lauren Segal was Orlofsky, the world-weary, bored Russian prince. Her plumy mezzo was simply a delight to listen to.”
Hamilton Spectator, Leonard Turnevicius

“The honey-toned South African-Canadian mezzo, Lauren Segal, was a stand-out in her role debut as Suzuki – clearly a singer to watch.”
Opera Canada – Leonard Turnevicius

“Opera in Concert’s production of Donizetti’s bel canto Anna Bolena was uncommonly good led by music director Nathalie Doucet Lalkens who showed a deep understanding of interpretation. Mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal as Smeton always impresses with her honey-coated, distinctive, lush tone.”
Paula Citron, Classical 96.3 FM

“As Siébel, Lauren Segal’s gleaming mezzo was a pleasure…”
Joseph K. So, Opera (U.K.)

“Mezzo Lauren Segal, meanwhile, has some lovely moments as the earnest Siébel…”
John Coulbourn, Toronto Sun

“I also found the singing quite strong with talented Canadians – (including) mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal as Siébel – giving a very good account of themselves.”
Paula Citron, Classical 96.3fm

“Best (include) Lauren Segal’s bright-voiced Siébel…” 
Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

“…mezzo Lauren Segal is spectacular as the young widow Popova.”
John Terauds, The Toronto Star

“The most impressive performer was Lauren Segal as the not-so-grieving widow…”
Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

“Particularly striking was mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal (Sesto), who has a beautifully
expressive tone and solid technique, and was totally at ease, dramatically and musically.”
Renee Maheu, Opera Canada

“…Lauren Segal consistently sang her part [Fenena] with power and a fine mezzo voice, capable of true expression and power” 
Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail

“…mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal has a big, expressive voice…”
Paula Citron, Classical 96.3fm

Listen

“Mon Coeur s’ouvre à ta voix” from Samson et Dalila by Saint-Saëns

 

NEWS

10-11-03-MC-D-0709 – Michael Schade as Tamino (centre) in a scene from the Canadian Opera Company production of The Magic Flute, 2011. Conductor Johannes Debus, director Diane Paulus, set and costume designer Myung Hee Cho and lighting designer Scott Zielinski.  Photo: Michael Cooper  Michael Cooper Photographic Office- 416-466-4474 Mobile- 416-938-7558 66 Coleridge Ave. Toronto, ON M4C 4H5

Michael Cooper Photographic

CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY
Lauren Segal sings Third Lady in the Canadian Opera Company’s revival of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Directed by Ashlie Corcoran, alongside a terrific cast, the opera runs from January 19 through February 24. 

https://coc.ca

MANITOBA OPERA
Mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal will sing the female lead, Charlotte,  in Massenet’s haunting Werther. She is joined by John Tessier as Werther, for performances on April 29, 2 and 5.

https://manitobaopera.mb.ca