On November 29, 10 young singers will participate in the COC Ensemble Studio Competition, competing for cash prizes and a position in the prestigious Ensemble Studio training program for emerging artists. Each day we will introduce you to one of our finalists. Today's finalist? Soprano Lara Secord-Haid.
For Winnipeg’s Lara Secord-Haid, a soprano, opera is a family affair.
Lara’s father is responsible for introducing her to opera. “I was drawn to opera because of the quality time I spent with my father, starting when I was very young, listening to the Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera,” she says. “My dad played the music so regularly in our house and I found myself drawn to the drama and acoustic aesthetic of this art form.”
Since falling in love with opera as a child, Lara has gone on to study vocal performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and pursue a master’s degree at The Juilliard School in New York.
Lara has played Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (The Banff Centre), Giulia in La Scala di Seta (Juilliard) and Mme Silberklang in The Impresario (Little Opera Company). She has also been featured in concert performances at Alice Tully Hall, the New England Conservatory and Juilliard. But her dream role? She would love to play Violetta from Verdi’s La Traviata and the title character in Alban Berg’s Lulu.
If she weren’t an opera singer, Lara would still be involved in music in some way, as a musical director working on TV shows and films. She says, “It would be so interesting to get to seek out new music from artists across all genres and pair them with cinematic moments.” When she’s not singing, Lara enjoys musical hobbies like playing piano and collaborating with her friends in art song repertoire.
But she still has time for non-musical activities. Lara speaks some Hebrew, French, German and Italian and stays fit by snowboarding and practicing yoga. She also enjoys tinkering with her fantasy football team.
As if that weren’t enough to keep her busy, Lara also has a pet rabbit, Savannah! Visit her website for more.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001