|Origin||Florida and New York|
|Genres||Opera, musical theater, pop|
|Years active||2001 - present|
Lauren Jelencovich is an American soprano singer.
While in high school, Jelencovich won the grand prize on Ed McMahon's Next Big Star, McMahon's successor program to Star Search. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Jelencovich has performed stage roles in several operas. Since 2010 she has been a lead vocalist on Yanni's international tours and in his CD/DVD/PBS Special, Yanni Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico, and was the primary artist (soprano vocalist) for a track in Yanni's Inspirato album.
While still attending high school at The King's Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida, Jelencovich won the grand prize on Ed McMahon's Next Big Star, McMahon's successor program to Star Search. She released her first album, Lauren Jelencovich, in 2003.
Jelencovich, a soprano, majored in vocal performance at New York's Manhattan School of Music, focusing on opera and musical theater, also singing light pop. While at that institution, she was the first undergraduate to be selected as part of the school's Educational Outreach Program.
By age 20, Jelencovich had performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. After being awarded the National Italian Federation's Andrea Bocelli Scholarship, Jelencovich sang "The Prayer" for Bocelli at a private event.
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Jelencovich was a finalist and received a Lys Symonette Award in the 2008 Lotte Lenya Competition administered by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music. Finalists were judged based on regional competitions, video submissions, and a live program required to include an opera/operetta aria, an American musical theater number, and two contrasting Kurt Weill selections.
Jelencovich won Second Prize in the 2009 Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition in New York.
Jelencovich played Mrs. Nordstrom in the 2010 Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) production of A Little Night Music, which was directed by fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi and starred Amy Irving. A member of OTSL's Gerdine Young Artist program, Jelencovich also covered for the part of Violet Beauregard in the world premier of The Golden Ticket, an opera based on Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Also in 2010, Jelencovich performed at Carnegie Hall in the New York premiere of the orchestral version of Benjamin Britten’s Te Deum in C, performing with the Oratorio Society of New York led by Kent Tritle.
Since November 2010, Jelencovich has performed as a lead vocalist on Yanni's international tours, which included performances in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Jelencovich's vocals were included in three tracks from Yanni's live-concert CD and DVD Yanni Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico (released April 2012), which was also broadcast in PBS television specials beginning in March 2012. She also was the primary artist (soprano vocalist) for the "Nightingale" track to Yanni's 2014 Plácido Domingo-Ric Wake collaboration album, Inspirato, and performed in Yanni's 2015 The Dream Concert: Live from the Great Pyramids of Egypt and in the resulting 2016 CD/DVD and PBS special. On November 30, 2017, Jelencovich performed "Nightingale" in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Yanni later saying that Jelencovich was the first woman allowed to perform onstage in that nation without wearing the traditional veil.
Jelencovich related that she had always had music around her, singing in choruses starting in elementary school, soloing in the fourth grade, and thinking about singing seriously while in high school. She also expressed a love for "princess songs" from Disney movies.
Jelencovich said that she has been influenced by different genres of music, specifically, studying opera and "dabbling" in musical theatre while attending the Manhattan School of Music and remarking that she tries to combine musical theatre, pop and opera into one. Particular artist influences include Celine Dion and Whitney Houston in pop music; as well as Diana Damrau, Natalie Dessay and Joan Sutherland in opera.
Awards, honors and distinctions
- 2002: Grand Prize winner, Ed McMahon's Next Big Star
- 2008: Lys Symonette Award, Lotte Lenya Competition of the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
- 2009: Second Prize, Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, New York
Clover Records (CD: July 18, 2003, ASIN: B000CAEETQ)
- Hopelessly Falling — 3:40
- Secret Love — 3:54
- Are You Gonna Kiss Me — 3:19
- I Though You Did — 3:02
- Together — 4:02
- The Truth About Cats and Dogs — 3:29
- When It's Love — 3:27
- I Will Remember You — 3:33
- Wish I May — 4:46
- 7. Nightingale — 5:17
- 8. Ode to Humanity ("Aria") — 4:05
- 9. Niki Nana ("We Are One") — 7:49
Independent (CD: December 11, 2013, ASIN: B00H38OZZI)
- In Your Wildest Dreams — 3:55
- The Prayer — (David Foster; Carole Bayer Sager; Alberto Testa; Tony Renis) — 4:25
- Home to Stay — (Amy Foster-Skylark; Jeremy Lubbock) — 4:38
- Danny Boy — (Frederick Edward Weatherly) — 3:51
- Autumn Leaves — (József "Joseph" Kosma; Jacques Prévert; John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer) — 4:46
- Without You — (Tom Evans; Peter Ham) — 3:14
- You're Still You — (Linda Diane Thompson; Ennio Morricone) — 3:40
- Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again — (Andrew Lloyd Webber; Charles Hart; Richard Stilgoe) — 3:32
- You'll Never Walk Alone — (Richard Charles Rodgers; Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein, II) — 3:29
- Time to Say Goodbye — (Francesco Sartori; Lucio Quarantotto) — 4:05
- Without a Song — (Vincent Millie Youmans; William "Billy" Rose) — 2:23
- 10. Usignolo (Nightingale) — 5:14
The Dream Concert: Live from the Great Pyramids of Egypt
Sony Masterworks (CD: June 2016, ASIN: B01BZGFXXG)
- 11. Niki Nana — 6:41
- 1. With a Little Help from My Friends — 4:43
- "Classical and Opera Listings" (WebCite archive), The New York Times, March 4, 2010.
- Yuhas, Mary Thurman, "Raising Her Voice" (WebCite archive), South Florida Sun-Sentinel, June 26, 2005.
- O'Connor, Lona, "'Titanic' Endeavor" (WebCite archive), South Florida Sun-Sentinel, April 23, 2002.
- "'Star Search' Losers Who Made It Big" (WebCite archive), ABC News, dated "Nov. 28" (year was probably 2001).
- Lauren Jelencovich / Lauren Jelencovich (WebCite archive of 2012-08-03), Allmusic page for album.
- "Lotte Lenya Competition Updates on Past Winners" (WebCite archive), Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, 2009 or after.
- "Yanni: Live in el Morro Puerto Rico (CD/DVD)" (WebCite archive), allmusic.com, viewed and archived 2012-05-28.
- Olsen, John P., "Concert Review: Yanni-Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico" (WebCite archive), New Age Music World, April 12, 2012.
- Yanni / Inspirato / Credits (WebCite archive), Allmusic, 2014
- "Beauties on Your Block" (WebCite archive), People magazine, vol. 63, no. 18, May 9, 2005.
- Isherwood, Charles, "Theater Review | 'The Music Teacher' / A Minor-Key Life With Regret as Motif" (WebCite archive of text only), The New York Times, March 7, 2006.
- "Outstanding Talents Singled Out in 2008 Lotte Lenya Competition" (WebCite archive), Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, after April 12, 2008 competition.
- "2008 Lotte Lenya Competition Showcases Budding Stars" (WebCite archive), Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, preceding April 12, 2008 competition.
- ● WebCite archive of Wayback Machine archive of 2010-04-12 of GerdaLissner.org "Awards" page; to overcome formatting issues, copy page contents and paste to any text-only editor.
● Photograph of Jelencovich on stage at Carnegie Hall is in the Gerda Lissner "Gallery" (click on thumbnail labeled "Gerda Lissner Competition '09 Carnegie Hall"), viewed 2012-08-22.
- Sohre, James, "Night Music Magic 'n' More in St. Louis" (WebCite archive), Opera Today, June 21, 2010.
- Waleson, Heidi, "Best When It's Tangy, Not Sweet" (WebCite archive), The Wall Street Journal, June 22, 2010.
- ftp download of .doc of "2010 OTSL Gerdine Young Artists" (WebCite archive of Google link), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Young Artist listing labeled "pk 1/26/10" at top.
- YMusicMuse (Yanni official website administrator), "Meet our Newest Addition - Lauren Jelencovich!" (WebCite archive), "Tour Musician's Showcase" of Yanni.com official website, November 18, 2010. The mentioned Puerto Rico concert was November 11, 2010.
- WebCite or Archive.org archives of articles citing Jelencovich in Yanni concerts in: New York's Radio City Music Hall (April 2011), Utah (May 2011), Romania (Sept. 2011), United Arab Emirates' Burj Khalifa (Oct. 2011), Oman (Oct. 2011), Puerto Rico (Dec. 2011), Asia, Middle East, Russia (during 2011), California (July 2012), Oman (March 2013), Hungary (April 2013), N. and S. America, Asia, Europe (April 2014), India, Sri Lanka, London's Royal Albert Hall (April 2014), U.S. (Feb. 2016), New York (July 2016), Florida (2018), Radio City Music Hall, N.Y. (2018)
- "PBS Specials | Yanni: Live at El Morro | Preview" (WebCite archive), "Airing March 2012," pbs.org. ● Kaczmarczyk, Jeffrey, "Yanni, well-traveled New Age artist, ...'" (WebCite archive), MLive (Michigan), Booth Newspapers, May 1, 2012.
- Koloyan-Keuhnelian, Nora, "Magical music on sacred ground" (archive), Al-Ahram, Issue No. 1269, November 5, 2015. ● Allmusic track listing for CD and DVD. ● PBS.org confirming March 2016 air date. ● Performer credits in liner notes of CD and DVD and at Allmusic.
- Poorman, Dan (July 28, 2018). "Yanni deserves praise in every language (Review)". The Post-Standard (syracuse.com). Archived from the original on July 30, 2018.
- "Lauren Jelencovich" (WebCite archive), Arts Avenue (Canada), April 24, 2012.
- Wildest Dreams by Lauren Jelencovich (WebCite archive), AllSongsBy, viewed and archived 2014-01-28.
- Clavijo, Alejandro (2014-02-25). "Inspirato, la Obra Maestra de Yanni estará disponible en Primavera". Reviews New Age (Spain). Archived from the original on March 22, 2014.
- Stage Tube (March 23, 2017). "The Who's Who of the Arts World Records 'With A Little Help From My Friends' for Americans for the Arts". Broadway World. Archived from the original on March 25, 2017.
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