Hailed for her “tour-de-force performance” (Winnipeg Free Press) in the title role of Manitoba Opera’s Susannah, Lara has established herself as a dynamic, intelligent, and moving singing-actress. Her facility for fully transforming into a character, regardless of genre, has earned her the reputation of being an artistic chameleon.
Lara’s 2021/2022 season included a New Year’s Gala with the Victoria Symphony, the starring role in Manitoba Opera’s La Voix Humaine, Musetta in Edmonton Opera’s La bohème, and Beatrice in Little Opera Company’s Canadian premiere of Heggie’s Three Decembers. Ciekiewicz also appeared in United for Ukraine in Toronto, curated by Sonia Rodriguez, Heather Ogden, Evelyn Hart, and Attila Glatz, and as a featured soloist in AugustFest (Brandon, Manitoba).
Recent appearances include Open Air: A Summer Festival of Music for Pacific Opera Victoria and the Victoria Symphony; The Sopranos of Winnipeg for Manitoba Opera and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; Concert in the Cathedral Ruins, Opera in the Garden, and a film version of the Easter Hymn for Manitoba Opera; All Those Arias for the Little Opera Company; and performing for the Mysterious Barricades Concert Society.
Lara is increasingly in demand as an adjudicator and teacher. She holds a Masters in Music (Opera) from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts – Honours (Voice) from the University of Winnipeg. She is an alumna of l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, the Banff Centre, Opera NUOVA, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre).