“As his wife, Marfa, the young soprano Lauren McQuistin gave a reading of astonishing maturity using a beautiful smoky voice with an authentic Russian tang”.
– Opera Scotland
Scottish soprano, Lauren McQuistin, completed her undergraduate studies with Margaret Izatt at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before moving to America to pursue a Master of Music under the tutelage of Carol Vaness at Indiana University. In Scotland she featured as a soloist with BBC Choir of the Year Les Sirenes, as well as performing as Donna Anna in scenes performances. A keen interpreter of Russian music, McQuistin made her Scottish Opera/McOpera Collective debut as Marfa in Shostakovich’s Rotschild's Violin, as well as competing in and winning the Art Song class in the Sergei Leiferkus Competition for Voice in Moscow. Upon moving to America, she performed as Alice Ford and Adriana Lecouvreur in Vaness' Opera workshop, and she made her IU principal debut in 2016 as the title role of Florencia in the Jacob's School of Music production of Florencia en el Amazonas. She then went on to perform Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Bloomingvoce, in Bloomington. During this time she was awarded district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in St Louis and Nashville.
Prior to studying at the Yale School of Music, with Doris Yarick-Cross, she performed Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with the Center for Opera Studies in Italy, in Sulmona Italy. Upon arrival at the Yale School of Music she performed as title role of Lucrezia Borgia and the Prima Donna in Ariadne Auf Naxos in their scenes production, as well as First Lady in The Magic Flute; a role she performed in full that spring, and covered with Central City Opera, where she a studio artist. Additionally, in her first year at Yale she performed Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder with Yale Symphony Orchestra, as well as Handel's Messiah with Hartford Symphony. Her scenes performances in her final year included Female Chorus in the Rape of Lucretia and Elisabetta in Roberto Deveraux. Her most recent performance was as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. Ms McQuistin was the recipient of the Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize, whose purpose is to assist in launching the career of a graduating voice student who demonstrates exceptional talent as an artist and promise for professional success.