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OFFICIAL BIO: LEARN MORE ABOUT ASHLEE
SOPRANO ASHLEE LAMAR
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American soprano Ashlee Lamar is praised for her "formidable stage presence," "fire," and "delicious" voice. In the 2024 season, Ashlee looks forward to returning to Des Moines Metro Opera where she will cover the title role in Salome by Richard Strauss and perform in the Stars of Tomorrow concert with the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra.
In the 2023 season, Ashlee covered Fata Morgana in Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges at Des Moines Metro Opera and returned to her alma mater, Boston University to perform an excerpt from Turandot in the title role.
In the 2021/2022 season, Ashlee made her role debut as Chrysothemis in Elektra with Dramatic Voices Berlin and returned to the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera on the Rocks. She also returned to The Glimmerglass Festival where she covered and went on to perform the role of Kayla in Taking Up Serpents, performed Sister Berthe in The Sound of Music, and also appeared in Carmen. She also performed excerpts as Leonora in Il Trovatore and Nedda in Pagliacci and appeared in Tosca, La fille du régiment, Les pêcheurs de perles, and Attila with Sarasota Opera. Ashlee also explored 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 canceled or postponed due to COVID-19.
In the 2018/2019 season, Ashlee performed the title role in Suor Angelica at 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 Boston University Opera Institute, and Eleanor Iselin in Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell's The Manchurian Candidate at 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 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 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 Charleston, South Carolina with her family.
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