Celeste Lazarenko


Celeste Lazarenko

Celeste Lazarenko is a graduate of the Guildhall Opera Course, London, under the 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 at the Wigmore Hall, London, where she was described in the Daily Telegraph (UK) as ‘...the most darkly intense of the lot...Electrifying.’

Celeste Lazarenko’s portrayal of Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) for Opera Australia has been lauded by critics and audiences alike. 2023 is a milestone year for Celeste as she returns to Sydney Chamber Opera for Poulenc’s La voix humaine, Opera Australia for Woodbird (Wagner’s Siegfried) and to Sydney Philharmonia Choirs for Samson (Handel) and Mahler’s 8###sup/sup### Symphony.  

Over the past two seasons Celeste had been engaged to perform with the Australian Haydn Ensemble, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs for Bach’s B minor Mass and St. John Passion, and Messiah, Haydn’s Creation at the Canberra International Music Festival and with the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra.

For Opera Australia Celeste has been heard as Sylviane in The Merry Widow, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Pamina and Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour). She has appeared as “Female Chorus” in The Rape of Lucretia for Victorian Opera at Dark MOFO in Tasmania and also for Sydney Chamber Opera, in Ross Edwards’ Symphony No. 2 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, in the title role of The Cunning Little Vixen for Victorian Opera, Mozart Requiem for Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society, and with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Messiah.  


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