Lauren Jelencovich has already garnered great acclaim for her affecting and sparkling portrayals of opera and musical theater roles throughout the United States and abroad. Lauren is currently on tour with Yanni as his featured soloist, and just recently wrapped up the North and South American tours, performing more than 100 concerts in 2012. Additionally, she performed at the famed El Morro in Puerto Rico to sold out audiences with Yanni to film a live DVD and PBS special. This spring, she will be touring for a second time in China, Thailand, Russia, Dubai, Turkey, and India among other countries.
Featured in People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People and Teen Magazine, Ms. Jelencovich was a grand prize winner on Ed McMahon’s Star Search and the recipient of Andrea Bocelli’s National Italian American Foundation World Scholarship. Highlights of the past season include her debut at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) singing the role of Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music, directed by Isaac Mizrahi. She was also a part OTSL’s Gerdine Young Artist Program and covered the role of Violet Beauregard in the world premiere of the opera The Golden Ticket, based on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In July of 2010, Lauren sang the role of Sophie in Werther with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel. In March she made her debut at Carnegie Hall singing Benjamin Britten’s Te Deum in C with the Oratorio Society of New York.
A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Ms. Jelencovich made her debut Off-Broadway in the world premiere of The Music Teacher by Wallace & Allen Shawn, and also portrayed the role of Angelina the Plaintiff in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury. She earned critical accolades for her portrayal of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica at Opera Tampa, under the baton of Anton Coppola. Other opera credits include the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberfloete at the Intermezzo Festival in Belgium, Papagena in The Magic Flute at the International Vocal Arts Institute, and Violet Beauregard in a scenes performance in New York City of the new opera The Golden Ticket. She also made her debut at Forestburgh Playhouse, playing the lead role of Teddy Stern in the 1950′s hit musical Wish You Were Here, and performed in concert with pianist Danny Wright at the Majestic Theater in Dallas, Texas. Lauren won 2nd Prize at the Gerda Lissner Competition, performing at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Auditorium, and previously won the Lys Symonette Award in the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition.
Lauren is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and the American Guild of Musical Artists. She has performed at venues such as Radio City Music Hall, the Burj Khalifa, the Kremlin, Carnegie Hall, The Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, The Cutting Room, The Waldorf-Astoria, Walt Disney World, MGM Grand and Hard Rock Live in Las Vegas. Lauren’s talent and accomplishments landed her TV appearances on CBS, NBC, ABC, PAX, FOX and WB TV.
A deeply passionate artist, Lauren is equally at home in Broadway, pop and classical music. Enthralled with Lauren’s talent, Grammy award winning producers Joel Diamond and Joel Dorn were working with Lauren on a recording project just prior to Joel Dorn’s untimely passing. Lauren recorded her first album at the age of 16, teaming up with Grammy award-winning writer/producer Dave Merenda. He produced and wrote the songs for her album. Her second CD is self-titled and features an original song called “Wildest Dreams.”
Lauren has been involved with programs such as Sherrill Milnes’ and Disney’s “VOICExperience” and Joan Dornemann’s International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI), performing in Puerto Rico, Virginia, Montreal, and Tel Aviv. She has also been involved with IVAI’s and MSM’s outreach programs. She performed in the school’s American Music Theatre Ensemble, under Carolyn Marlow, and pursued further studies with William Esper at the William Esper Acting Studio. A winner of numerous awards, Lauren is currently working on a new album of crossover and pop music.