The American soprano, Lauren Alfano-Ishida, studied at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, New York. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Music, Religion from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City (2008); and her Master of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from Hunter College in New York City (2015).
Lauren Ishida is freelance musician (soprano) and teacher since June 2010. She is the soprano half of the ensemble Duo Moderne with whom she presents concerts of new and rediscovered song. Recent and upcoming performances include the title role in George Frideric Handelís Alcina, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, Early Music concerts with the period instrument group, Ensemble Leonarda, a new Jazz Opera recording and debut at Zankel Hall with the Eco Music Big Band, and many recital appearances throughout the Tri-State area. She has performed dozens of premieres by composers from the USA, Europe, and Japan, and she developed the international De Osma Project to uncover the life and works of Spanish-American composer, Julio de Osma (1888-1938).
She has worked as Program Assistant, Neuroscience Institute at New York University School of Medicine (June 2011-June 2013); Production Manager and Dramaturg for the Hunter Opera Theater, the opera ensemble in residence at Hunter College specializing in contemporary American opera (January 2010-August 2017); Director of Music Programming at The Flea Theater (since January 2017). She also teaches music to children and teens, and maintains active vocal studios in New York City and on Long Island. She married Noby Ishida on July 28, 2012.