"...sweet and a bit sultry..."

(Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Barbarina with Pittsburgh Opera)



Roles performed/Upcoming

Sister Dulcina/Nella - Il trittico St. Petersburg Opera FL 2019

Pamina - Die Zauberflote St. Petersburg Opera FL 2018

Romilda - Xerxes Opera Theater of Pittsburgh 2017

Antonia - Les contes d;Hoffmann St. Petersburg Opera FL 2017

Cleopatra - Giulio Cesare   Opera Theater of Pittsburgh 2016

Alice Front - A New Kind of Fallout     Opera Theater of Pittsburgh 2015

Donna Anna - Don Giovanni    Opera Western Reserve 2014

Pamina - The Magic Flute  Undercroft Opera 2014

Antonia -Tales of Hoffmann     Opera Theater of Pittsburgh 2013

Mamah Cheney - Shining Brow      Opera Theater of Pittsburgh 2013

Torero/Niña - Ainadamar      Quantum Theater 2012

Susannah - Susannah     Undercroft Opera 2012

Frasquita (cover) - Carmen     Sarasota Opera 2012

La madre - Madama Butterfly      Sarasota Opera 2011

The Foreign Women -The Consul     Opera New Jersey 2011

Barbarina - Le nozze di Figaro     Pittsburgh Opera 2010

Adina - The Elixir of Love     Undercroft Opera 2009

The Young Conductor - La Divina      Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh 2008

Sandrina - La finta giardiniera     Eastman School of Music 2006

Lauretta - Gianni Schicchi     University of Miami 2005

Papagena - Die Zauberflöte     University of Miami 2003

Education and Programs

Sarasota Opera -  Apprentice Artist 2012

Sarasota Opera - Apprentice Artist 2011

Opera New Jersey -  Emerging Artist 2011

EPCASO -  2008 & 2010

Si parla, si canta - 2008

U. of Miami Salzburg Program - 2003 & 2004

Eastman School of Music - MM, studio of Carol Webber 2005-07

Frost School of Music, University of Miami, FL - BM, studio of Esther J. Hardenbergh 2001-05



Partners for the Arts DC - 3rd Place 2016

JTVA Competition - Finalist 2014

Coeur d’Alene Symphony Competition - 1st Place 2014

National Opera Association Vocal Competition - 2nd Place 2013

Mildred Miller International Vocal Competition -  Honorable Mention 2012

Opera Columbus Vocal Competition - Finalist 2011

Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition -  Winner  2009

Friends of Eastman Opera Competition -      First Prize 2005

Michael and Madelyn Savarick Competition - First Prize 2005


Mr. Jonathon Eaton -  General Director, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh

Mr. Dan Rigazzi - stage director

Ms.Sari Gruber - Voice Instructor    

Mr. Walter Morales - conductor               

Mr. Mark Trawka -  Pittsburgh Opera coach    

Mr. Robert Frankenberry - conductor

Special Skills

Ballroom/latin dance



Soprano Lara Lynn McGill made Cleopatra come alive... Her timbre is warm and appealing, and showed considerable agility in coping with Handel’s sometimes florid style. Moreover, McGill’s glamorous appearance made Caesar’s infatuation with her entirely plausible.
— Pittsburgh Tribune-Review / Mark Kanny
To provide the humor and romance, Lara Lynn McGill’s Cleopatra delivered a full measure of both. She is every inch a diva, in one of the boldest depictions of the famous queen as a schemer, a lover, and a strategist. She slinks across the stage with practiced grace, shifting into physical comedy with ease.
— PA Theatre Guide / Elanor Ruth Smith
Lara Lynn McGill returned to give an equally fine performance of Cleopatra. Her beautiful soprano was at its best, and she sang the music with great power and a smooth sense of legato that were positively mesmerizing. Despite the somewhat grim nature of the story, she, like the others, occasionally found a way to inject a little humor into the few opportunities afforded, and acted the part with great abandon that never once interfered with her remarkable vocal interpretation. When she was disguised as “Lydia,” Caesar sings that “she has the voice of a goddess,” and his words rang true.
— Pittsburgh in the Round / George B. Parous
Cleopatra was Lara Lynn McGill, whose movie star glamour and personal allure combined with her honey-toned soprano to create an alluring foil to the opera’s hero.
— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / Robert Croan
Lara Lynn [McGill] was a commanding presence as young Alice, fully nuanced in the moment and possessing an overarching vision of a woman passionately following her beliefs.
— Tribune Review (A New Kind of Fallout with Opera Theater)
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)
Lara Lynn Cottrill [McGill] was superb as Mamah Cheney...Cottrill sang especially beautifully in the aria in Scene 4...in which she lives through her conflicted emotions.
— Tribune Review
Vocal honors went to Lara Lynn Cottrill as Mamah Cheney...with the looks of a high-fashion model and a voice of size, clarity and wide coloristic range, Ms. Cottrill evolved into a three-dimensional figure who combined vulnerability with strength and tugged at the heartstrings in her every breath and movement.
— Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Lara Lynn Cottrill’s strong lyric soprano dominated the Antonia act, with outpourings of gorgeous sound and sympathetic shaping of her musical phrases.
— Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Lara Lynn Cottrill was sweet and a bit sultry as Barbarina....
— Pittsburgh Post Gazette