American soprano Ashlee Lamar is praised for her "formidable stage presence," "fire," and "delicious" voice. In the 2021/2022 season, Ashlee looks forward to making her role debut as Chrysothemis in Elektra with Dramatic Voices Berlin, as well as returning to the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera on the Rocks. She also looks forward to returning to The Glimmerglass Festival as a young artist where she will cover the role of Kayla in Taking Up Serpents, sing Sister Berthe in The Sound of Music, and also appear in Carmen. She will also be joining Sarasota Opera as an apprentice artist where she will sing the partial roles of Leonora in Il Trovatore and Nedda in Pagliacci and will also appear in Tosca, La fille du régiment, Les pêcheurs de perles, and Attila. Ashlee also looks forward to exploring the title role in Turandot in an exciting new recording project in partnership with her alma mater, Boston University.
In the 2020 season, Ashlee looked forward to several role debuts, including Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito with Boston University Opera Institute, Donna Anna (cv) in Don Giovanni and Baroness Zeller in The Sound of Music, both with The Glimmerglass Festival. Unfortunately, all performances were cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19.
In the 2018/2019 season, Ashlee performed the title role in Suor Angelica as a Festival Artist with Red River Lyric Opera, Violetta Valéry in La Traviata, Vera Donovan in Dolores Claiborne, and Ruth Baldwin in John Musto's Later the Same Evening with the Opera Institute, and Eleanor Iselin in Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell's The Manchurian Candidate as an Emerging Artist with Seagle Music Colony.
Ashlee has also recently appeared as Mimì in La bohème with Red River Lyric Opera, Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto and Fiordiligi (cv) in Così fan tutte as a Young Artist with The Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center, Harriet Mosher and Emmeline Mosher (cv) in Emmeline, and Kate Mayfield in Sweets by Kate with the Opera Institute. Equally at home in contemporary repertoire, Ashlee has had the pleasure of performing roles by many contemporary composers including Kamala Sankaram, Tobias Picker, Kevin Puts, John Musto, and Griffin Candey.
Ms. Lamar graduated cum laude from The Boston Conservatory with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance with Opera Emphasis. She holds a Performance Diploma from Boston University in Voice Performance, and completed her Certificate in Opera Performance at the Boston University Opera Institute, where she was the winner of the Phyllis Curtin Award for professionalism, artistry, and collegiality. Ms. Lamar is a student of Penelope Bitzas. Ashlee currently resides in New York City with her Boston Terrier, Alien.