Soprano Laura Bohn is rapidly being recognized as a compelling presence in the new generation of operatic performers, delivering performances lauded as “an amazing blend of vocal splendor and physical virtuosity” (San Francisco Chronicle). Her work merges the expressive range of a “shimmering radiant” soprano with the versatility of a physical actor, embodying the cutting edge of operatic performance.
! In 2011 Ms. Bohn will be heard in theaters across The Netherlands as Nerone in an adaptation of Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea” with the internationally renowned VocaalLab and the Amsterdam based urban dance company ISH. This groundbreaking production will tour Holland in the winter of 2011 as well as performances at the Kamer Opera Festival, Zwolle in April and the Amsterdam premier at de Meervaart Theater in October.
! Other engagements for Ms. Bohn during the 2010-2011 season include the role of Ariel in the Berkeley Opera premier of Caliban Dreams based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the premier of Border Towns a new music theater work at HEREArts in New York, and concerts in Barcelona, New York and at the San Francisco MOMA under the auspices of the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco.
The 2009- 10 season found Laura in Madrid, Spain singing at the Royal Opera (Teatro Real) as a young artist in a new production of staged 20th and 21st century vocal music. A collaboration between The Teatro Real, El Centro para la Difusion de la Musica Contemporanea and VocaalLab, the project culminated in performances at the Teatro Real and the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia in Madrid.
! Laura was recently awarded the Luciano Pavarotti Memorial Scholarship to attend the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel in the summer of 2010. A finalist in the 2009 Lotte Lenya Competition, Ms. Bohn’s recent roles include Micaela in La Tragedie de Carmen, Mimi in Barrio Boheme and The Second Lady in The Magic Flute at Syracuse Opera as the soprano of the 2008 Resident Artist Program. Notable engagements for the 2009 season included the Witch in Dido and Aeneas with The Yard Opera on Martha’s Vineyard and Juliette in Romeo et Juliette as a resident artist with New York Lyric Opera, During her recent masters studies at the Manhattan School of Music she was featured on the mainstage as Greta Fiorentino in Street Scene, Splinterkit in Griffelkin and hailed as “especially evocative” by Musical America for her portrayal of The Spinster in the New York premier of de Banfield’s Lord Byron’s Love Letter.
! Other credits for the soprano include Pamina and the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, Musetta in La Boheme, Serpina in La Serva Padrona and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. She has been featured at the Olympic Music Festival in Seattle, The United Nations concert hall in New York, and The Walt Disney Concert Hall’s REDCAT theater in Los Angeles.
! A Seattle native, Ms. Bohn has studied voice and theater extensively in Rome and Reggio-Emilia, Italy respectively. She is a graduate of the Dell ‘Arte International School of Physical Theater, holds a BFA in Vocal Performance from CalArts and a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music. The soprano was recently awarded a classical voice grant from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, and studies with Arthur Levy in New York city.