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Lacey Jo Benter


About this Artist

American opera singer Lacey Jo Benter has been lauded by the New York Times as having a "rich, warm tone" while bringing a "broad emotional palette" to the stage. Native to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she recently completed a two year residency at LA Opera with the Domingo-Colburn Stein Young Artist Program where she debuted in the Grammy award winning production of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles. Also at LA Opera she sang Clotilde in Norma, Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly,  Persephone in Morganelli's Hercules vs Vampires and the Alto Solo in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle under the baton of Plácido Domingo. 

She received her Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance with a theater minor from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin before attending The Juilliard School where she received a Master's of Music in 2011 followed by an Artist Diploma of Opera Studies in 2014. While in school she performed such operatic roles as "Madame de Croissy" from Poulenc's Les Dialogues des Carmélites, "Ma Moss" from Copland's The Tender Land, "Zita" from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and "Le Prince Charmant" from Massenet's Cendrillon as well as musical theater pieces including "Fraülein Schneider" in Cabaret, "Princess Puffer" in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and multiple roles in Working the Musical.  She appeared with Central City Opera as a Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist and has been a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. 

In 2014 and 2015, she was honored with Encouragement Awards by the Metropolitan Opera National Council.  She has appeared with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, returning for several roles in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland, which she reprised for her Barbican Hall debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Last season she was conducted by John Adams with the LA Phil in the recent multimedia performance of his Nixon in China and made her debut with Opera Omaha as "Minskwoman" in their new production of Jonathan Dove's Flight.  While most of her roles to date have been as a mezzo-soprano, Lacey Jo is excited by the development of her instrument toward the soprano repertoire of Verdi and Wagner.