The soprano, a Houston native, was a finalist in the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. This past summer, she participated in Chautauqua Opera’s 2021 Opera Invasion, giving virtual performances and three master classes. She was also scheduled to be a resident artist at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City for the 2020/2021 season (cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic). Lashay was the second-place winner in the finals of the Tri-Cities TCO Next virtual competition. She has performed the roles of the Prima Donna/Ariadne auf Naxos and the title role in Suor Angelica, and has covered Countess Almaviva/The Marriage of Figaro. Partial roles she has performed include Mozart’s Countess, as well as Mimì/La bohème, Desdemona/Otello, Cleopatra/Antony and Cleopatra, Mother Marie/Dialogues of the Carmelites, Blanche/A Streetcar Named Desire, and the title role in Arabella. Lashay is a recent graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she earned her postgraduate diploma in 2020 and her Master of Music in Voice degree the previous year. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Tuskegee University in 2014.