Featured Soloist, Dr. LaToya Lain
“Applauded for her “wonderfully rich,” “powerful,” and “captivating” voice, American singer LaToya Lain, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, studied voice at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Florida State University, and the University of Nevada. She is also a graduate of Chautauqua Opera’s Young Artist Program.
LaToya’s most recent engagements include performances of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Hamburgische Oper, and the Köln Philharmonie. She recently presented solo recitals at the American Church in Paris, the Dutch Reform Church in Harare, Zimbabwe, and at the Reapertura de la Iglesia Santa Teresa in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She also presented recitals and master classes at Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music, the University of New Mexico, University of Delaware, Murray State University, and at SongFest in Los Angeles. She continues to sing opera, oratorio, and perform solo recitals throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Africa. In June 2017, she made her Carnegie Hall Debut as the soprano soloist in Ralph Vaughn William’s Dona nobis pacem, under the baton of MaestraNina Nash-Robertson. She has been a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, and St. Matthew’s Passion.
Ms. Lain’s operatic roles include Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Polinesso in Ariodante, La Principessa in Suor Angelica, Baba in The Medium, and Ježibaba in Rusalka. She recently made her role debut as Brünnhilde in Trilogy Opera’s 2018 production of Wagner’s Die Walküre under the baton of Maestro Julius P. Williams.
Dr. Lain currently serves on the voice faculty of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, where she is the Chairperson of the Music Theatre Council. She also musically directs musical theatre productions at the Bay View Summer Music Festival in Bay View, Michigan.