Cynthia Lawrence

Cynthia Lawrence


School of Music

Endowed Chair Voice/Opera
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A principal artist at The Metropolitan Opera; Washington National Opera; Guangzhou Opera House; Royal Albert Hall, London; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Vancouver Opera; Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin; New Israeli Opera; Opera Pacific; Atlanta Opera; Portland Opera; Opera Colorado; Lithuanian National Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Paris Opera, Prague’s National Theater; Palacio Das Artes, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Grand Theatre de Geneva; Vlaamse Opera, Belgium; Castleward Opera, Belfast, Ireland; Opera Columbus; Connecticut Opera; Dayton Opera; Opera Theatre St. Louis, Minnesota Opera; Opera Ontario; Athens Festival, Theater Megaron; New York City Opera; Lake George Opera Festival; Opera North Carolina; Florentine Opera; Opera Omaha; Central City Opera; Colorado Opera Festival; and Opera Memphis and Fort Collins Opera.

Roles include Tosca; Madama Butterfly; Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera; Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac; Dolly, Sly; Rosalinda, Die Fledermaus; Maddelena in Andrea Chenier; Lavinia, Mourning Becomes Electra; Elettra in Idomeneo; Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito; Mimi and Musetta, La Boheme; Micaela and Carmen, Carmen; The First Lady and Pamina, Die Zauberflöte; Fiordiligi, Cosi fan Tutte; Lady Macbeth, Verdi’s Macbeth; Die Frau in Schoenberg’s Von Heute auf Morgen; Countess, Le Nozze di Figaro; Liú, Turandot; Marguerite, Faust; Countess Olga in Fedora; The Italian Singer in Strauss’s Capriccio; Candace in A Wedding; Santuzza, Cavalleria Rusticana.

Her students win competitions and sing at the Metropolitan Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Munich Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Vienna Staatsoper, Netherlands Opera and Opera Norway as well as companies throughout the U.S.

She performed over 70 times with Luciano Pavarotti.  A DVD “A Tribute to Pavarotti: One Amazing Weekend in Petra” features her performances and tribute to Pavarotti. She appeared in concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Lima, Peru, and Martingy, Switzerland.

Cynthia has directed “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” at UK; Suor Angelica for Opera Lucca, Italy, and UK as well as scenes and arias for Opera Studio do Recife, Brazil; Chongqing Normal University, China and The American Opera Institute.

Cynthia has received teaching awards: “Kentucky Teachers who Make a Difference” and the National Society of Arts and Letters “Arts Teacher of the Year”. She maintains a private studio. is a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and conducts Master Classes for singers, performers, and colleges.

Lady Macbeth photo by Ken Howard
Created 07/13/2021
Last Updated 10/25/2021