Louisa Waycott's Biography
Louisa Waycott is a mezzo-soprano from Sun Valley, Idaho. She grew up on the rainforest in Venezuela and Brazil before spending her teenage years in the Rocky Mountains of Idaho. She is currently based out of Washington D.C. Ms. Waycott has a deep love with music that started with her studies of cello, piano, and musical theater at a young age. She continued to study both instruments and played cello for The Sao Paolo Youth Symphony Orchestra in Brazil. She was incredibly lucky to spend high school in a beautiful small town that devoted lots of energy to the arts. She was lucky enough to participate with Caritas Chorale, St. Thomas Playhouse, Summer Valley Summer Symphony, Nexstage Theater, Shakespeare Theater, and Community School. Just in four years she performed small roles in Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, Wizard of Oz, Pippin, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat, Annie, Boys from Syracuse, and lead roles in Pirates of Penzance, Kiss Me Kate, Gypsy, The Fantasticks, and The Who’sTommy.
Louisa attended The University of Mississippi where she was able to be in the voice, cello, and piano studios. She participated in Chamber Singers, LOU Symphony Orchestra, and was a collaborative pianist. She performed Tessa in The Gondoliers, Mercedes in Carmen, Estrella in La Perichole, and La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi. During her summers studied with Opera in the Ozarks where she performed Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte, The International Lyric Academy, The American Institute of Musical Studies, The Neil Semer Vocal Institute, Bel Canto in Tuscany, and Songfest.
Louisa found her love of opera while living in New York City interning for Gotham Chamber Opera and performing with many local companies. Some of her favorite performances include Lady Saphir in Patience and covering Meg in Falstaff with Utopia Opera, covering Martha in Iolanta with New Opera NYC, Kate in Pirates of Penzance with Village Light Opera and La Zia in Madama Butterfly with Amore Opera. The Maryland Opera Studio introduced her to Washington D.C. She fell in love with Washington D.C. and when she completed her masters degree she decided to make it her new home.
In the 2014/2015 Season she performed Madame de la Haltière with Miami Summer Music Festival in Cendrillon and the Shepherd in L’enfant et les sortileges with the Maryland Opera Studio. During the 2015/2016 Season Ms. Waycott performed Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the third lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and the title role in Blitzstein’s Regina with The Maryland Opera Studio. During the 2016/2017 Season she performed Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and cover Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Prague Summer Nights Festival in the Czech Republic, Emma Goldman in Love Songs, and Mermaid in Weber’s Oberon with the In Series. During the 2017/2018 Season Ms. Waycott made her Washington National Opera debut as a soloist and sheep in Candide, and chorus in Aida and Don Carlo! She also made her debut singing the Mezzo Soloist in Mahler’s Das Lied Von Der Erde with Inscape Chamber Ensemble and Drummer in Ullmann’s Emperor of Atlantis with The In Series.
This current season Louisa will be performing in the chorus of La Traviata, Faust, and Tosca with Washington National Opera!