The Colombian-born, Juanita Lascarro, began her studies in biology in Bogotá, before moving to Cologne to pursue her singing career at the Cologne Musikhochschule and the Opera Studio of the Cologne Opera.
Notable operatic roles to date include Lulu, Manon, Donna Elvira, Violetta and Agrippina for Oper Frankfurt where she is a principal soloist. Elsewhere she has performed Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) at Wiener Staatsoper and Bayerische Staatsopera, Poppea at Opernhaus Zürich, Daphne for Deutsche Oper Berlin and Netherlands Opera, Manon (Boulevard Solitude) at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) for Opéra National de Paris. At Welsh National Opera she has performed Liù (Turandot), Mimì (La boheme) and The Cunning Little Vixen, and she took the title role in Pellëas et Mélisande at La Monnaie. She is a regular guest at the Teatro Colón, Bogotá, where her roles have included Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Michaela (Carmen), Susanna and Juliette.
Opera highlights in the 2008-2009 season include Tiefland at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Suor Angelica for Oper Frankfurt, and the title-role in the British premiere of Martinu’s Mirandolina at Garsington Opera.
In concert Juanita Lascarro’s performances include appearances with the Leipzig Gewandhaus under Lothar Zagrosek, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Antonio Pappano, and the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln under James Conlon. She made her Proms debut in Weill’s Der Silbersee conducted by Markus Stenz, and performed Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachiana Brasileira No. 5 with the 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Proms and at the Salzburg Spring Festival. In recital she has appeared at the Bath International Festival, the Steensgard Festival, the Cork Chamber Music Festival and London’s Wigmore Hall.
Juanita Lascarro’s discography includes Les contes d’Hoffmann and George Frideric Handel's Alcina for Erato, Der Silbersee for BMG, Die Verlobung im Traum for Decca, Der Zwerg for EMI and La Senna Festeggiante for Opus III.