Bio: American soprano, Lacy Sauter, is quickly becoming known for her vocal and dramatic versatility. She recently completed her graduate studies at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of world-renowned soprano, Carol Vaness. In 2015, she made her debut with The Atlanta Opera as Countess Ceprano/ Gilda cover in Rigoletto. In February, she won First Place in Phoenix Opera's Southwest Vocal Competition. She returned to Union Avenue Opera as Gilda in Rigoletto and in October she makes her debut with Heartland Opera Theatre as Micaëla in Carmen. She also looks forward to adding Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte to her repertoire in January 2016 with Nashville Opera.
In 2014, she made her debut as Mimi in La Bohème directed by Jeffrey Buchman and conducted by Paul Nadler. She also made two other important role debuts, as Violetta in a new production of La Traviata directed by Jeffrey Buchman and conducted by Joseph Rescigno and as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis.
Ms. Sauter finished her tenure as a Young Artist at the Florida Grand Opera in 2013. During her time at FGO she sang 1st Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Flora in La Traviata, and Bianca in La Rondine. In addition, she covered the roles of Mimi and Musetta in La Bohème, Violetta in La Traviata, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Magda in La Rondine, Gilda in Rigoletto and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette. She spent two summers as an Apprentice Singer with The Santa Fe Opera where she performed the role of Albina in La Donna del Lago starring Joyce DiDonato and conducted by Stephen Lord. Ms. Sauter also served as the cover for Wanda in the Grand Duchess of Gerolstein and Violetta in La Traviata. In addition, she was featured as Magda in La Rondine, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and the Overseer in Elektra for the Apprentice Scenes Showcase.
As a Young Artist at the 2011 Glimmerglass Festival, she sang the role of Valentina Scarcella in Later the Same Evening and covered the roles of Frasquita in Carmen and the Young Woman in the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori's A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck. Ms. Sauter was an active performer with Arizona Opera, where she sang the role of the First Bridesmaid in Le Nozze di Figaro and worked with the Opera Street Singers and Opera Dell’Arte outreach programs. She was a Festival Artist at Utah Festival Opera in 2009, where she covered the roles of Frasquita in Carmen and Peep-Bo in The Mikado. As a studio artist at Chautauqua Opera, in 2008 and 2010, she played the roles of the Baby Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen and the Second Graduate in Street Scene.
Ms. Sauter is a graduate of Arizona State University where she studied with Anne Elgar Kopta. She received her graduate degree from Indiana University where she performed the roles of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette. She was also engaged as the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Winona Oratorio Chorus. Ms. Sauter was a winner of the Arizona and the Middle-East Tennessee Districts of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2008 and 2011 and the 2nd Place Winner of the Orpheus Vocal Competition in 2014. She was also honored to be nominated for a Sara Tucker Study Grant in 2011.