Being an Opera Singer: A physicist's view on the preparation, practice and performance of Opera

Mezzo soprano Lauren Segal – the only Canadian chosen to participate in the inaugural Salzburg Festival Young Artist Project – is an alumna of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio and a two-time recipient of the Metropolitan Opera Encouragement Award.

She has been praised for her tone of “gleaming, luscious timbre” (La Scena Musicale) and for her operatic interpretations as being “absolutely sensational” (Paula Citron) and “alluring, sexy, her voice rich in nuance” (Opera Magazine). She has returned to the Canadian Opera Company most recently as Muse/Nicklausse in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN to great acclaim and will be returning asMeg in FALSTAFF at the start of the 2014/2015 season. This season, she was Meg in FALSTAFF with l’Opéra de Montréal, a soloist in l'Opéra de Québec's Gala and will be Suzuki in MADAMA BUTTERFLY for Calgary Opera. She was featured in concerts devoted to Mozart and Mahler with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Niagara Symphony Orchestra and will be singing with the Grand Philharmonic Choir and Chorus Niagara later this season. She was recently heard as Maddalena in RIGOLETTO with Manitoba Opera,The Muse/Nicklausse with Edmonton Opera, Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA with Opera Hamilton and in the title role in CARMEN with Saskatoon Opera.

Born in South Africa, Ms. Segal holds a Master’s of Science degree in laser cooling from the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto.

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