Canadian mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal, a graduate of the COC Ensemble Studio, appears with the COC this season as the Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Nancy T’sang in Nixon in China and Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos. Previous COC appearances include Mercédès in Carmen, Sonya in War and Peace, Aljeja in From the House of the Dead and Siebel in Faust. She has performed Maddalena in Rigoletto with Opéra de Montréal, Messiah with Vancouver Bach Choir, Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Pacific Opera Victoria, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Manitoba Opera, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito with Orford Arts Festival, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Opera Hamilton and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Toronto Summer Music Festival. Ms Segal has sung in opera galas for the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and with Toronto’s Mendelssohn Choir, and was a recitalist at Festivoix, Westben and Bayfield festivals. She returns to the COC next season as the Muse/Nicklausse in The Tales of Hoffmann.