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 the pirate 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 will appear as Jocabed in the world premiere of Henry Mollicone's Moses at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
This summer, she will return to Wolf Trap Opera Company as a 2019 Filene Artist to perform the roles of Rosina in The Barber of Seville and Concepción in Ravel's L’heure espagnole. In 2018, she appeared with Wolf Trap Opera Company as Gertrude in Romeo et Juliette. Ms. Raven was a Pittsburgh 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'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.
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 Hansel 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 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.