Parlando: The COC Blog

8/11/2011

Lauren Segal, Physicist-Turned-Mezzo

Lauren Segal (pictured above), a graduate of the Ensemble Studio program and a frequent performer with us (last season she appeared in The Magic Flute, Nixon in China, and Ariadne auf Naxos), is profiled in the Jewish Tribune. Like Isabel Bayrakdarian, another Ensemble Studio graduate with a science background, Lauren was working on a master's degree in physics when she decided to pursue opera as a career. From the interview:

"'I loved music even as a child, but took it more seriously as a profession when I joined the choir as an undergraduate at York University. Most of my friends in the choir studied opera and I loved it myself. So, I took voice lessons even while I was considering a career in physics and have no regrets at all for having a career in music instead of science,' said Segal in a phone interview.

Segal’s unusual path to becoming an opera singer is quite different from many of her peers who have been planning a musical career since they were children. Competing with others who had a more traditional pedigree, Segal immersed herself in studying French, German and Italian, as well as the history of opera after leaving university."

Lauren will be appearing with us again this fall in Iphigenia in Tauris, singing the role of the goddess Diana. Read the full interview at the Jewish Tribune!

Photo © Helen Tansey

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001