Lacey Jo Benter, originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, graduated from the Juilliard School in 2011 with a Master’s of Music degree in Opera Performance. She began her vocal studies at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Vocal Performance with a minor in Theater Arts. While at Lawrence she performed Meg Page in Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Lazuli in Emmanuel Chabrier’s L’Etoile. While pursuing her Master’s degree at Juilliard she appeared as Ma Moss in Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land, Madame de Croissy in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, La Marchande de Journaux in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias, and as Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Most recently she has appeared on the Juilliard stage as the Neighbor in Stravinsky’s one-act opera Mavra and as Prince Charmant in Massenet’s Cendrillon. In May she received an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies from The Juilliard School.