Mezzo-soprano Taylor Raven joined LA Opera's young artist program during the 2017/18 season and made her company debut as Vanderdendur in Candide.
Her mainstage appearances during the 2018/19 season include Tebaldo in Don Carlo, the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel and Annio in The Clemency of Titus. Additionally, she was the mezzo-soprano soloist for the world premiere of Joby Talbot's new score for Vampyr at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, and she appeared as Jocabed in the world premiere of Henry Mollicone's Moses at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. In the summer of 2019, she returned to Wolf Trap Opera Company as a Filene Artist to perform the roles of Rosina in The Barber of Seville and Concepción in Ravel's L’heure espagnole.
Her LAO appearances for the 2019/20 season include the Third Lady in The Magic Flute.
In November 2020, she will make her debut in the title role of Carmen with Opera San José.
In 2018, she appeared with Wolf Trap Opera Company as Gertrude in Romeo et Juliette. Ms. Raven was a Pittburgh Opera Resident Artist in the 2016/17 season, where she performed as Oronte in Handel’s Riccardo Primo and as "Hannah after" in Laura Kaminsky's As One for its Pennsylvania premiere. In 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's 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.
She earned her Master of Music degree at the University of Colorado-Boulder and her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of North Carolina. 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 won first prize in the 2018 Loren L. Zachary competition and is a recipient of the 2017 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.