Mezzo-soprano Taylor Raven joined LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program during the 2017/18 season. She made her company debut as Vanderdendur in Candide.
In the summer of 2018, she will perform Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette with Wolf Trap Opera.
Ms. Raven was recently a Pittburgh Opera Resident Artist in the 2016/17 season, where she performed as Oronte in Handel’s Riccardo Primo and Hannah after in Laura Kaminsky's As One for its Pennsylvania premiere. In the summer of 2016, Ms. Raven performed in the Schwabacher Summer Concert with San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program. She recently performed the role of Marian Anderson in Deep River: Marian Anderson Journey with Virginia Opera. As a Young Artist with Central City Opera in 2015, Ms. Raven was seen in scenes from Carmen, Street Scene and The Ballad of Baby Doe.
While earning her Master of Music degree at the University of Colorado-Boulder, her roles included Angelina in La Cenerentola, Ottavia in The Coronation of Poppea, Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance and the Witch in Hänsel and Gretel. Ms. Raven earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of North Carolina, where she performed as Annio in La Clemenza di Tito, Martha in Dream Lovers and the Voice of Antonia's Mother in The Tales of Hoffmann.
In 2015, Ms. Raven won both the Adelaide Bishop Award with Central City Opera and First Place in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition. She is a recipient of the 2017 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.