The New-Zealander soprano, Lauren Armishaw, completed a Music Degree in Singing and a Science Degree in Mathematics and at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Moving to The Netherlands in 2002 she studied with Rita Dams, Jill Feldman, Michael Chance and Diane Forlano at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. In 2007 she graduated with a Master's (cum laude) in Early Music. Currently she is coached by Peter Harrison.
As a specialist in early opera Lauren Armishaw has sung in many roles including Laodice in George Frideric Handel’s Siroe: Ré di Persia, Zerlina in W.A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Venere in Cavalli's Ercole Amante (dir. Gabriel Garrido with performances at Festival d'Ambronay, Salle Gaveau in Paris and the opera houses of Bourg en Bresse, Vichy, Toulon, Reims and Besançon) and Clori in G.F. Handel's Il Delirio Amoroso (Handel Festival 2008, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe). Lauren’s interest in unknown operas led her to discover Lanciani's Il Martirio di S. Eustachio which she edited herself and sang the role of Teopiste at Festival Music Sacra Maastricht 2008 (dir. Peter Van Heyghen, staging Sigrid t'Hooft). This was later broadcast by Radio4.
Recent engagements include 11 concerts in Belgium singing G.F. Handel Solo Cantatas with orchestra Les Muffatti. Two of these concerts were broadcast by Klara and Musiq3 in Belgium. Together with mezzo-soprano Nicola Weymss and Les Inventions (dir. Patrick Ayrton) she performed J.S. Bach’s version of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (BWV 1083) at the Drôme des Collines Festival, France. She has also sung in the Early Music Festivals of Utrecht, Brugge, Antwerp, Sablé and Cuenca together with L’Arpeggiata, directed by Christina Pluhar. As an oratorio soloist Lauren performed works by Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart and Haydn with conductors such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Jos van Veldhoven, Jos Vermunt, Giuseppe Cristaudo (Sicily) and Toralf Hildebrandt (Germany). In November 2008 she was a finalist in both the International Sacred Music Competition in Rome and the International Baroque Singing Competition in Naples. She also performs regularly with her own trio Lacrime Amorose (soprano/baroque harp/theorbo).
CD recordings include J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Channel Classics), Monteverdi Sacred Music with Roberto Gini (Dynamic), Cavalieri’s Rappressentatione di Anima e di Corpo (Alpha) and Monteverdi’s Teatro d’Amore (Virgin Classics) with L’Arpeggiata and works by Rosengart with Orpheus Vokalensemble and Ars Antiqua Austria (Carus-Verlag).