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“Her soprano has real gloss, her coloratura is shaped with expressive grace and her stage presence is gripping.”

OPERA TODAY

PRESS

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Ah! perfido 

2021

BEETHOVEN CONCERT
SIMONE YOUNG &
SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Her rich and powerful timbre cutting through in Beethoven’s dramatic concert aria, Ah! Perfido (Oh, faithless one), a work which runs the range of emotions and showed why Fagan was selected for Covent Garden’s prestigious Jette Parker Young Artists Program." 

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

Covid precautions required Australian soprano Lauren Fagan to sing Beethoven’s concert aria Ah! Perfido, Opus 65, from behind the strings rather than front of stage, but she projected with magnificent dramatic power nonetheless, nurturing the central aria with warm expressiveness and rising to thrilling dramatic power at climactic moments.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

"Fagan’s is a powerful instrument and she nonetheless soared across the more immediate sound of the string section with her polished soprano. There were some lovely veiled moments in her upper register early in the aria before she allowed her voice to unfurl in the dramatic climax, easily filling the space with her glossy, commanding sound."

LIMELIGHT

“Lauren Fagan’s Mimì was beautifully sweet, delicate and restrained, but unleashed torrents of powerful emotion, a fact evident from the moment she joined her new lover Rodolfo for ​‘O soave fanciulla.’ She was thrilling.”

BACHTRACK

The quality of the vocal performances is superb. Lauren Fagan, as the doomed Mimi, gives a gorgeous rendition of ​‘Si, Mi Chiamano Mimi’, shortly before duetting with Eleazar Rodriguez on a moonlit ​‘O Soave Fanciulla’ that proves to be one of the highlights of the evening.”

THE STAGE

Bohème

2019

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OPERA NORTH

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Alcina 

2019

TITLE ROLE
KARLSRUHE HANDEL FESTSPIELE

“Rising young star Lauren Fagan dazzles as Alcina. Her laments, and in particular the ​“Mi restano le lagrime”, are literally gilded in gold, her voice can display pain incarnate, while also asserting powerful nobility and a superb helplessness.”

FORUM OPERA

“As Alcina the gorgeous soprano Lauren Fagan convinces again, completing her six (!) bravura arias between despair and rage, rapture and revenge, with breathtaking, truly magical virtuosity; and in her art of frenzied coloratura, crazy flights of fancy, elegant arcs and daring leaps, demonstrates boundless skill.”

BADISCHE NEUE NACHRICHTEN

“the up-and-coming soprano Lauren Fagan as Alcina…Fagan was a convincing sorceress from the start, with a strong, rich soprano

OPERA MAGAZINE

“Fagan, one of today’s finest young sopranos, is exceptional throughout and a superb actor. Her tone blazes with existential defiance and desperation, and she possesses both the agility for act one – Sempre Libera is capped by a dazzling top E flat – and the dramatic weight for the closing scenes.”

THE GUARDIAN

“Luckily, these opening moments also reveal that in Lauren Fagan this new production has a Violetta of considerable force, plangent tones and solid dramatic instincts.

THE TIMES

“the easy grace of Fagan’s coloratura, the warmth and richness of her sound, and her delicately floated high notes, all make this Violetta a delight.”

INDEPENDENT

“More than just technical precision though, Fagan’s performance embodied Violetta’s tragedy and nobility, phrases soaked with emotion which matched the quality of her acting. Fagan alone makes this production worth seeing.”

BACHTRACK

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Traviata

2018

VIOLETTA
OPERA HOLLAND PARK

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Written on Skin 

2018

AGNÈS
LONDON / ST PETERSBURG

“As for Lauren Fagan, playing the humiliated wife for whom a taste of real love catalyses her one act of defiance, she achieves a small miracle: dispelling memories of how Barbara Hannigan sang and acted in the premiere. Fagan delivers a fiercer, less enigmatic characterisation.”

THE TIMES

Most thrilling of all, Lauren Fagan’s gleaming, intense performance showed what a extraordinary dramatic creation the character of Agnès is, one of the great operatic heroines of the past 100 years.”

THE GUARDIAN

“Lauren Fagan (a Jette Parker Young Artist alumna) revealed Agnès’s erotic awakening with conviction and was even more persuasive in her vindictive rejection of her husband.”

CLASSICAL SOURCE

“From her first appearance as Donna Anna, Lauren Fagan demonstrated a rich, creamy and dramatic voice that bought immediacy and thrill to her every utterance. She uses words and a palette of vocal colours to thrilling effect; this is a voice of amazing potential.

CLASSICAL SOURCE

“Lauren Fagan sang her first Donna Anna as if it were a walk in Holland Park, flinging out her repeated As in ​‘Or sai chi l’onore’”

THE TIMES

“Australian soprano Lauren Fagan sang a commanding Donna Anna with dramatic recitatives, laser-like projection and clean fioritura. ​“Non mi dir” was the highlight of the evening”.

BACHTRACK

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Don Giovanni

2017

DONNA ANNA
HOLLAND PARK

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Bohème

2017

MUSETTA
WELSH NATIONAL OPERA

The irrepressible Musetta of Lauren Fagan…her transition from attention-seeking shrillness to touching lyricism was skilfully done.”

OPERA MAGAZINE

“Lauren Fagan was a brilliantly wild and flighty Musetta, until the final scene where the Carmen-like mask dropped and the softness of the woman beneath was movingly revealed. Her powerful voice, with remarkable control, even at the peak of her range, mellowed beautifully by the end.

BACHTRACK

“Of the other ​‘bohemians’, Lauren Fagan’s Musetta had an engaging brassiness of voice and manner in the Café Momus scene (which was well realized theatrically) and a very different, but equally engaging, capacity for deeper emotional involvement in Acts III and (especially) IV. More than some more famous singers in this role, she made one believe in the character’s generosity of spirit in the last Act.”

SEEN AND HEARD

“Lauren Fagan, looking like a dancer, brought a palpitating timbre and oodles of temperament to the troubled priestess”

OPERA MAGAZINE

“…Lauren Fagan as his love-interest, Leila, [was] simply superb. She slinked around with perfumed exoticism as the beautiful young princess and he could barely contain his passion for her… These two fine singers proved they were worthy of headlining any Pearl Fishers cast and deserved the prolonged ovation they received.”

SEEN AND HEARD

“Fagan had a lovely silvery sheen to her soprano as Léïla pleaded for Nadir’s life, fuelling the flames of Zurga’s jealousy. Sparks flew!”

BACHTRACK

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Lèila

2015

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
YOUNG ARTIST
SHOWCASE

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