The Japanese / American mezzo-soprano Kelsey Lauritano joins Oper Frankfurt's Opera Studio in the 2018/19 season, during which she makes her debut in Germany singing 3rd Dryad in Rusalka, which will be followed by a Spanish Lady in a new production of Schreker's Der ferne Klang / The Distant Sound. This young artist, who was born in San Francisco, has just graduaded with distinction from the Juilliard School in New York. Whilst still a student she took part in productions including Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie, Dove's Flight and a Child in L’enfant et les sortileges. She also sang her first Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro at the Music Academy of the West under James Conlon, Venus in Monteverdi's Il ballo delle Ingrate under William Christie and appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Virginia Arts Festival, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Alice Tully Hall in New York and was invited to international Meistersinger academies. She appeared in concert with the New World Symphony and Nürnberg Symphony Orchestra, at the New York Festival of Song in the Lincoln Center and at the Los Angeles SongFest.