2017–18 Season: Wellgunde and Rossweisse in Der Ring des Nibelungen
Mezzo-soprano Lauren McNeese made her San Francisco Opera debut as Wellgunde in 2008’s Das Rheingold, a role she has performed at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Los Angeles Opera. McNeese returned to the role for the 2011 Ring cycle and performed Rossweisse (Die Walküre). She made her Los Angeles Opera debut as Thibault (Don Carlo) and has since returned there as Javotte (Manon), Karolka (Jenůfa), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), and the Second Lady (The Magic Flute), among other roles. Other notable credits include Angelina (La Cenerentola) with San Diego Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Opera Omaha; Laura (Iolanthe) with the Dallas Opera; Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette) with Michigan Opera Theatre; Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) at Minnesota Opera; the title role of L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and La Ciesca at Opera Company of Philadelphia; Cherubino at the Ravinia Festival; Dorabella (Così fan tutte) with Arizona Opera; and Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) at Maine’s PORTOpera. A graduate of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, she has appeared with that company as Dorabella, Mercédès (Carmen), Cherubino, Siébel (Faust), the Second Lady, Rossweisse, Lapák the Dog (The Cunning Little Vixen), and Flora (La Traviata).