Canadian and German soprano Vanessa Lanch is a vocal performance Masters graduate with Distinction of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK, Laureate Graduate of the Flanders Opera Studio in Belgium, Alumna of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme (Aldeburgh, England, sponsored by the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation) and undergraduate of vocal performance and theatre production at York University in Toronto, Canada. Ms Lanch studied with sopranos Norma Burrowes (Canada), Penelope MacKay (London, UK) and mezzo soprano Catherine Robbin, and currently works with soprano and stage director Andrea Mellis. Vanessa made her operatic debut in 2008 as The Tart in the premier performance of Desire Caught by the Tail, in the Arcola Theatre, Grimeborne Festival, London, England. She then went on to be a studio ensemble member of Flanders Opera and sang the roles of Mélisande in Maurice Constant/Debussy and Peter Brook’s Impressions de Pelléas and Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. Following opera credits include Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with conductor Kevin Mallon and Aradia Ensemble, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) and Madama Cortese (Il viaggio a Reims) in Theater MuTh with the Vienna Conservatory Opera School, Giulietta (I Capuletti e i Montecchi, Bellini) and the Governess (The Turn of the Screw, Britten) with Opera By Request, Canada led by William Shookhoff, and the premier of Eva in Wolfgang Liebhart´s Edenarabeske for the 2012 Wien Moderne conducted by Vinicius Kattah (Vienna Austria). Vanessa is also a member of the esteemed Bayreuther Festspiele chorus and has been singing for the festival since summer 2013. Concert credits for Vanessa include the European premier of „Alzheimer´s Sttories“ by Robert S. Cohen with the Vet. med Chor and Orchester: Ensemble Neue Streicher Klosterneuburg (Vienna, Austria), the 2014 Neujahrskonzert with The Haydn Orchestra, Eisenstadt, „Dein Lied“ song festival led by Christoph von Weitzel, „Battle of the Sexes“ with Collegium Instrumentale Brugense with conductor David Angus, Brahms’Ein Deutsches Requiem with York University Concert Choir, Handel’s Messiah with Stratford Symphony Orchestra, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the London Singers, Canada and the premier of Andrew Ager’s Te Deum with Pax Christie Chorale, Canada. Vanessa has been commended for her award-winning performances in contemporary music in recent years. She was the 3rd place winner of the 2011 Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition in Brandon, Manitoba, the 2008 winner of the Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, a finalist in the Patricia Routledge English Song Competition (London, UK), and also the Vocal Category Runner-Up winner of the Performing Australian Music Competition (London, UK). Vanessa currently lives in Vienna, Austria.