Lara Bolton is a collaborative pianist and vocal coach. As such, she has been engaged at many opera companies including Minnesota Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, San Diego Opera, Seattle Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Santa Barbara, West Bay Opera, Opera Colorado, and Amarillo Opera. Ms. Bolton is a master coach for Minnesota Opera and also chorus master and principal pianist for Mill City Summer Opera. She works regularly with students in the University of Minnesota opera program for their productions and teaches at various workshops throughout the year. Ms. Bolton also maintains an active recital career in both instrumental chamber music and vocal recitals, most recently having performed at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts in Minneapolis and The Baroque Room in St. Paul.
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. After attending Interlochen Arts Academy for high school, 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. When she’s not playing with her two young sons and baby daughter, Ms. Bolton maintains a private coaching studio from her home in St. Paul.