Australian soprano Celeste Lazarenko is a graduate of the Guildhall Opera Course, London, under vocal tuition of Rudolf Piernay and from the Sydney Conservatorium Opera School. She has a Masters Degree in Performance from both colleges, and a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in Painting from University of Sydney. Celeste has been the recipient of many prizes and awards including the Countess of Munster Award, The Australian Music Foundation Award, The Marten Bequest and was a finalist in the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Competition 2005 at the Wigmore Hall, London, where she was described in the Daily Telegraph (UK) as ‘...the most darkly intense of the lot...Electrifying.’
Whilst studying at the Guildhall, Celeste appeared in numerous productions in roles such as the Governess from Britten’s The Turn of the Screw as part of the Kiev Festival 2005 with the National Music Academy Chamber Orchestra, Barbarina in the English premiere of The Little Green Swallow by Jonathan Dove, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Rosina in La finta semplice, Denis in the premiere of Violet by Roger Scruton and Nanetta in Falstaff.
Celeste then worked with Glyndebourne Chorus and Opera North where she sang the role of Ninfa in L’Orfeo as well as covering La Musica. She also returned to Opera North to cover the lead role of Elmira in Keiser’s Croesus in 2007.
2009 saw Celeste complete a tour of France with Angers Nantes Opera Company singing the principal soprano in Hydrogen Jukebox by Phillip Glass, perform in The Seasons for Dijon Opera and perform the roles of Morgana in Alcina for English Touring Opera and Sandrina in La finta giardiniera for Opera de Bauge.
In 2010, Celeste performed the role of Celia in Lucio Silla with both Angers Nantes and Opera de Rennes, performed excerpts from Pamina in Die Zauberflöte for Opera de Rennes in concert and the role of Mary in Vaughan Williams’ Hugh the Drover for East Sussex Opera Company.
Celeste worked extensively for English National Opera while living in London covering the title role of Partenope, the role of Nora in Riders to the Sea, the soprano solo in Luonnotar, Clemence in L’Amour de Loin and Polissena in Radamisto.
She returned to Australia in 2011, and has since performed Pamina in Die Zauberflöte for Pacific Opera, Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s St Paul cantata with Sydney University Graduate Choir, and made her highly successful debut with Pinchgut Opera as Télaïre in Castor et Pollux (Rameau).
In 2013 Celeste sang Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) for Opera Australia’s Ozopera tour, covered the title role of Semele for Sydney Festival’s production of Semele Walk, performed Verdi’s Requiem with Sydney University Graduate Choir, Brahms’ German Requiem for Sydney Philharmonia Choir, recitals with ArtSong NSW and returned to Pinchgut Opera in the role of Medea in Giasone (Cavalli), as well as performing excerpts from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater for the Australian Ballet’s Sydney season of Vanguard.
In 2014, her engagements will include the role of Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly (Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour) and Messiah with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.