Cottrill [McGill] gave a bravura performance as Young Alice – she has a powerful soprano voice that rose to heights of shiver-inducing passion.
— Pittsburgh Tatler Theater Review (A New Kind of Fallout with Opera Theater)
Lara Lynn Cottrill [McGill] was superb as Mamah Cheney...
— Tribune Review (Shining Brow with Opera Theater)
 

Described as“ a high-fashion model and a voice of size, clarity and wide coloristic range… a three-dimensional figure who combined vulnerability with strength and tugged at the heartstrings in her every breath and movement”  (Pittsburgh Post Gazette), soprano Lara Lynn McGill most recently performed Pamina with St. Petersburg Opera in FL.  Before that she portrayed Romilda in Xerxes with Pittsburgh Festival Opera after returning from St. Pete Opera where she made her debut with Antonia in Les contes d'Hoffmann.  One of her favorite roles with Pittsburgh Festival Opera was Cleopatra in Julius Cesaer in 2016 directed by Dan Rigazzi.  In 2015, again with Festival Opera, she portrayed Alice Front in the world premiere of A New Kind of Fallout.   In the same year, she also premiered the role of "Story" in The Heart of Shahrazad with Amiche Artists.  Other operatic roles include: Donna Anna with Opera Western Reserve, Mamah in Shining Brow, Susannah in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Sandrina in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Adina in The Elixir of Love, and  her Pittsburgh Opera debut as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, She covered Frasquita in Carmen as an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera and performed The Foreign Women in Menotti’s The Consul with Opera New Jersey. Lara looks forward to her upcoming engagements including her first Brahms Requiem and returning to St. Pete for the role of Sister Dolcina.  Her concert work includes Vaughn Williams' Dona nobis pacem, both the Handel and Vivaldi Gloria, and Schubert's Mass in G.  Lara was the 3rd Place Winner of Partners for the Arts in DC 2016, 1st Place Winner in 2014 Coeur d’Alene Symphony Competition, 2013 2nd Prize Winner of the NOA Competition, 2011 Finalist for Opera Columbus, 2009 Winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society, and 2005 First Place of Friends of Eastman Opera.  Lara graduated with her master’s from Eastman School of Music and her bachelor’s from University of Miami.  Her recital appearances include the eastern United States, Idaho, Italy, Austria, and South Africa.  

 Photo by Bea Chiappelli

Photo by Bea Chiappelli

2019

Sister Dolcina in Suor Angelica - May

Soprano soloist for Brahms Requiem - April

2018

A Tiny Gift Christmas Concerts - December

Soprano soloist for Mozart Requiem - April

Pamina in Die Zauberflote - January

2017

Romilda in Xerxes - July

Antonia in Les contes d'Hoffmann - June

Bulgarian Music Society Series - Feb

2016

A Tiny Gift Concerts - December

Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare - July 

Partners for the Arts - April

2015

Christmas Concert - Dec 20th

Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem & Schubert Mass in G - Nov. 14 & 15

The Heart of Shahrazad - August 13, 14 & 15

A New Kind of Fallout - July 18, 24 & 26

Language of Romance concert - February 15th

2014

Jubilation Christmas - December 21st

Don Giovanni - November 14th

The Magic Flute - May 30th & June 1st

Shakespeare's Women - June 8th

JTVA Competition - June 21st 

Artist Festival - June 27th

CD Release - July 1st

Alice Front - July 22nd