After two years spent in the Opera Studio the Japanese-American mezzo-soprano Kelsey Lauritano joins the Ensemble at Oper Frankfurt in the 2020/21 season, during which she sings Fragoletto, a Farmer in a new production of Offenbach's Die Banditen / The Bandits, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, a Musician in Manon Lescaut and gives a recital in the Holzfoyer. After making her debut in Germany here as 3rd Dryad (Rusalka) she sang Enrichetta di Francia (I puritani), A Spanish Lady (Schreker's Der ferne Klang / The Distant Sound) and Mrs. Nolan (Menotti's The Medium). In 2019/20 she sang Emilia in a new production of Rossini's Otello, a Fish Seller / 3rd Man / Fortune teller in Martinů's Julietta and Giovanna in Rigoletto. The corona virus situation sadly prevented her from adding a new role to her repertoire: the Fox in Das schlaue Füchslein / The Cunning Little Vixen in Frankfurt and her return to the Tirol Festival in Erl, where she sang 3rd Dryad in Rusalka in the winter of 2019, this summer to sing the Landlord's daughter in Humperdinck's Königskinder. She was born in San Francisco and graduated from the Juilliard School in New York with distinction. Whilst still a student she took part in productions including Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie, Dove's Flight and sang the Child in L’enfant et les sortileges. She also sang Cherubino (role debut) 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, Virginia Arts Festival, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, in Alice Tully Hall New York and at the International Meistersinger Academy. She has appeared in concert with the New World Symphony Orchestra, Nürnberg Symphony, at the New York Festival of Song in Lincoln Center and the SongFest in Los Angeles.