Cuban-American tenor Frank Laucerica, born and raised in Miami, recalls a childhood filled with the sounds of his mother singing and his father playing the guitar. It’s no wonder, then, he came to study at the Bienen School of Music.

The voice and opera performance major has scored many major credits during his time at Northwestern, including the operas “The Magic Flute” and “The Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart and “Back and Forth” by German composer Paul Hindemith.

Laucerica also is part of the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, with whom he’s performed several world and Midwestern premieres.

As he prepares to graduate, he reflects on his journey. “My mother was an incredible role model, and I learned you earn success by working for it. This is not a career where you can put it on cruise, so I make the choice every day to keep exploring and learning to get better.”

In June, he begins rehearsals as an associate member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. And in the fall, he’ll sing with The Crossing, a professional chamber choir conducted by Northwestern’s Donald Nally.

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