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Colorado native Cynthia Lawrence first came to international attention in 1990 when she took first place in the International Mozart Vocal Competition, thrilling audiences in Vienna, Paris and Rome. She was a finalist in the 1992 Sullivan Competition and the 1991 Birgit Nilsson Prize and has won the Luciano Pavarotti Competition, the MacAllister Award, the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, the Shoshana Award, & the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In addition, she was a NIMT/Sullivan Grant recipient, a National Society of Arts and Letters winner in 1986 and an international winner in the Mobil Oil Austria Vocal Competition in Graz in 1984.
Miss Lawrence's career highlights include her Metropolitan Opera debut as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, her Covent Garden and New York City Opera debuts as Musetta in La Bohème, her European debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera Enschade in Holland, & her debut with the Chicago Lyric Opera in the fall of 1988 as Lisa in La Sonnambula. She has appeared in nine concerts with Luciano Pavarotti in Canada, South America and the United States, including a mega-concert which attracted more than 200,000 people (and a national PBS television audience) to Miami Beach for an afternoon of opera under the sun.
She has also achieved great acclaim in Chicago as Countess Olga in Giordano's Fedora (with Mirella Freni and Placido Domingo); Musetta in La Bohème; the Italian Soprano in Strauss's Capriccio; Micaela in Carmen & the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte.
She has demonstrated a great range of repetoire as well as international popularity, performing her first Elettra in Indomeneo in productions in Athens and Budapest; her first appearances with De Vlaamse Opera offering her celebrated interpretation of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus in Antwerp and Ghent; Die Fledermaus and Madama Butterfly with the New York City Opera; Berg's beautiful and rarely performed 20th century work Der Hein at the Grand Theatre de Geneve; Vitellia in La Clamenza di Tito in a special production of the opera in Prague; Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte with the Castleward Opera in Northern Ireland; performances at Spain's Santander Festival including Don Giovanni; Marie in La Fille du Régiment with the Seattle Opera; Anna in Puccini's Le Villi with Indiana Opera Theater; Adele in Die Fledermaus with the Colorado Opera Festival; Mimi in La Bohème with Central City Opera; and The Merry Widow with Eugene Opera. With the Opera Company of Philadelphia, she performed Adina opposite the Nemorino of Luciano Pavarotti in a production of L'elisir d'amore. Lawrence married tenor Mark Calkins in 1985 and the couple has two children.
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