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Celeste Lazarenko

Soprano

Management: Australasia and Non-Exclusive Asia

The Marriage of Figaro – Regional Tour, Opera Australia
“…Celeste Lazarenko is entirely believable as dear Susanna, conveying the character’s infinite patience and crafty intelligence, and singing with particularly dulcet tones”.
Simon Parris, Man in Chair, July 16, 2016

L’amant jaloux  Pinchgut Opera
“As Léonore Celeste Lazarenko impressed with her agile colouratura and dramatic intensity”
Murray Black The Australian December 2015

 
“…Celeste Lazarenko who brought a crystal-clear and beautiful limpid tone to the role, effortlessly negotiating the high-lying vocal line; this was some of the finest singing on the opera stage in Australia this year”.
Michael Halliwell, ABR, December 2015

 “It is always a joy to hear Celeste Lazarenko, and the role of Léonore gave her ample opportunity to display her awesome purity of tone, combined with a vocal control that can deliver a true pianissimo that can tingle the spines of those in the back row”
Nicholas Routley Australian Stage December 2015 

“...the thrilling colouratura of Celeste Lazarenko””
Harriet Cunningham Sydney Morning Herald December 2015

Giasone, Pinchgut Opera – City Recital Hall,  December 2013
“I first saw Celeste Lazarenko in Castor and Pollux, last year’s Pinchgut production, and so already had high expectations. But her performance of Telaire in that opera, though gorgeous, didn’t give much of a hint as to her impressive range of expression. As the vengeful Medea she modulates through lust to terrible artificial sweetness to blazing hate in a way which, supported always by the music, held the audience spellbound. Her vocal technique is truly remarkable, and I would go to anything she was in."
Nicholas Routley, Australian Stage, December 2013

Castor & Pollux, Pinchgut Opera – City Recital Hall,  December 2012
“…by contrast, the sinuous line and pure-toned clarity of soprano Celeste Lazarenko made for a warmly sympathetic Telaire.”
Murray Black, The Australian, December 2012

Hugh the Drover, New Sussex Opera
“Celeste Lazarenko as the touchingly acted third member of the triangle deployed a soprano of crystalline clarity in Mary’s solos and in ardent duet with the tenor.”
Margaret Davies, Opera February 2011

 Hydrogen Jukebox, Angers-Nantes Opera
“…the real reward was hearing a young Australian soprano, Celeste Lazarenko who, in her only solo number produced the sort of tuneful, pitch-perfect singing that can save any evening.”
Francis Carlin, Opera Now 2009

Australian soprano Celeste Lazarenko is a graduate of the Guildhall Opera Course, London, under vocal tuition of Rudolf Piernay and from the Sydney Conservatorium Opera School.  She has a Masters Degree in Performance from both colleges, and a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in Painting from University of Sydney. Celeste has been the recipient of many prizes and awards including the Countess of Munster Award, The Australian Music Foundation Award, The Marten Bequest and was a finalist in the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Competition at the Wigmore Hall, London, where she was described in the Daily Telegraph (UK) as ‘...the most darkly intense of the lot...Electrifying.’ 

During the course of her studies at the Guildhall, Celeste appeared in numerous productions in roles such as the Governess from Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Barbarina in the English premiere of The Little Green Swallow by Jonathan Dove, Denis in the premiere of Violet by Roger Scruton, Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Rosina (La Finta Semplice) and Nanetta (Falstaff)

While living in London, Celeste worked with Glyndebourne Chorus and Opera North where she sang the role of Ninfa as well as covering La Musica in L’Orfeo, and the lead role of Elmira in Keiser’s Croesus. She also worked extensively at English National Opera where she covered the title role in Partenope, Nora (Riders to the Sea), the soprano solo (Luonnotar), Clemence (L’Amour de Loin) and Polissena (Radamisto). For English Touring Opera she sang the role of Morgana (Alcina) and for East Sussex Opera Company, Mary in Vaughan Williams’ Hugh the Drover

Her engagements on the continent include principal soprano in Hydrogen Jukebox by Phillip Glass for Angers Nantes Opera, Celia in Lucio Silla with both Angers Nantes and Opera de Rennes, excerpts from Pamina in Die Zauberflöte in concert for Opera de Rennes, The Seasons for Dijon Opera and Sandrina in La finta giardiniera for Opera de Bauge. 

Since returning to Australia Celeste has performed Messiah with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Brahms’ German Requiem and ChorusOz for Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte for Pacific Opera, Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s St Paul cantata, Verdi Requiem and An Australian War Requiem (Bowen) with Sydney University Graduate Choir, recitals with ArtSong NSW, as well as excerpts from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater for the Australian Ballet’s Sydney season of Vanguard, and covering the title role of Semele for Sydney Festival’s production of Semele Walk

More recently she has sung Donna Anna in Don Giovanni for Opera Australia’s Ozopera tour, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour), and Pamina and Second Lady in The Magic Flute for Opera Australia’s touring production She has also appeared as soloist with the Sydney Philharmonia in ChorusOz, undertaken a concert tour with the Australian Haydn Ensemble and sung the roles of Télaïre in Castor et Pollux (Rameau), Medea in Giasone (Cavalli), and Leonore in L’amant jaloux (André Grétry), for Pinchgut Opera. 

In 2016 Celeste will return to Sydney Philharmonia Choirs for Israel in Egypt, to Opera Australia for the national tour of The Marriage of Figaro (Susanna) and will again appear in concert with the Australian Haydn Ensemble.

 

Celeste Lazarenko is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
  August 2016
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