Lara M Bolton

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Lara Bolton is a collaborative pianist and vocal coach. As such, she has been engaged at many companies including the Guthrie Theater, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, San Diego Opera, Seattle Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Colorado, West Bay Opera, and Amarillo Opera. Ms. Bolton joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota as a vocal coach in 2016. She additionally serves as chorus master and principal pianist for Mill City Summer Opera and is a master coach for Minnesota Opera. Ms. Bolton also maintains an active recital and recording career in both vocal and instrumental repertoire. She enjoys collaborating in many different musical and artistic genres, and is particularly drawn towards socially relevant projects.

Ms. Bolton is a former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow and has been a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist for the Washington National Opera. She also helped develop a Young Artist Program for Opera Santa Barbara. In addition to having been a pianist for the Merola Opera Program, she has also worked at the Music Academy of the West, Brevard Music Festival, and Interlochen Arts Camp. As a graduate alumna of Interlochen Arts Academy, she received a Bachelor of Music Theory degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from the University of Maryland-College Park.