Lara Ciekiewicz…Ukrainian, Polish and 100% Canadian!!!
The first thing you notice about Lara Ciekiewicz is the incredible blue of her eyes and the deep-throated laugh that punctuates her conversation. She has just returned to her home in Winnipeg from performances of South Pacific in Victoria where she wowed audiences as Ensign Nellie Forbush, the US Navy nurse determined ‘to wash that man right out-a her hair’! “It was a tremendously rewarding experience,” she enthuses. “South Pacific is a masterpiece full of great tunes that speaks to the human condition. It is truly timeless and alas, still all too relevant in its social themes. The show stole a piece of my heart and I hope I get to do it again someday”.
Chances are she will, plus a large variety of other famous roles for sopranos with charisma, beauty and talent. She traces much of her musical beginnings to Ukrainian cultural events, where she often sang, danced and even helped the ladies make holubsti! She began Ukrainian dance early and also sang at Immaculate Conception Church in Cooks Creek, also known as the “Prairie Cathedral”. To this day, one of her favourite Christmas recordings is Rejoice! by the superb male choir, Hoosli.
She pursued her formal musical training at
Lara’s next operetta role is Countess Lisa in Toronto
The new production of The Land of Smiles will be staged by TOT’s General Director
Guillermo Silva-Marin and Derek Bate conducts the orchestra, cast and
chorus. Lara’s costars include Ernesto
Ramirez as Prince Sou-Chong,
Vania Chan and Cindy Zhang sing the role of Princess Mi, Adam Fisher is Gustl, Curtis Sullivan appears as Uncle Chang and Gregory Finney will be Chi-Fu, the court Eunuch. “What I love about music is that it’s
a universal language everyone understands…we sing, we dance and become a better
community for it.” Without a doubt, this
Ukrainian-Polish soprano will enchant you in