Laura Bohn, soprano
Soprano Laura Bohn, a dynamic stage presence praised by Opera News for her “powerful" singing and "skillful" stagecraft, brings a vivid physicality and “lush” vocalism to her wide ranging repertoire, embodying the cutting edge of operatic performance. Highlights of the coming season include Laura’s debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as soprano soloist in Bernstein’s Mass under the baton of Dudamel in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, her return to The Dallas Opera where she covered the Governess in The Turn of the Screw in 2017 to cover the role of Iris Marinus in Michel Van der Aa's 3-D opera, Sunken Garden, the soloist on The Bernstein Celebration Tour with the Millenium Jazz Orchestra in major theaters throughout the Netherlands and Germany, and On Behalf of a Madman, a classical opera pastiche with Grand Harmonie Orchestra in Boston. In the 2017 season Ms. Bohn toured the Netherlands and Belgium, including a return to the Operadagen Rotterdam, as Bellini’s Norma in Before I Die with I Solisti del Vento (BE) and Kameroperahuis (NL). Other performances this year included her role debut in Poulenc's one woman tour-de-force La voix humaine at National Sawdust in Brooklyn and Anna I in The Seven Deadly Sins of Weill/Brecht with Festival Opera in California, her performance hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "brilliant and physically intense". The soprano’s 2016 season included The Duchess in Adés' Powder Her Face at West Edge Opera in which her “powerfully sung Duchess exuded sadness and vulnerability under her steely elegance” (Opera News) Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio with Grand Harmonie at Princeton in the first North American production on period instruments, the monodrama Black Water with the Center for Contemporary Opera at Symphony Space in New York, and Fefjulka in Uksus with Erling Wold Fabrications in San Francisco.
In 2015 the soprano was seen at Operadagen Rotterdam as Ino in Händel's Semele, as Lucha in Chapter 22: Desperation of The Industry’s Hopscotch mobile-opera, and as soloist with the Hague Philharmonic (Het Residentie Orkest), the SacroProfano Baroque ensemble in New York and the Isaura String Quartet in LA. An avid champion of living composers she created the role of JFK’s mistress Mary Pinchot Meyer in the premiere of LSD: The Opera at Walt Disney Concert Hall’s REDCAT theater, Jezebel at the BRIC’s Look and Listen Festival in Brooklyn, and made her BIMhuis debut in Amsterdam with the David Kweksilber Big Band. Other past highlights include DJ Moz’art, a pastiche dance-opera celebrating the life and works of the composer which played over 40 performances in major theaters throughout northern Europe to great critical acclaim. Ms. Bohn toured the Netherlands and Belgium in the fall of 2013 as Nerone in the reprise of MonteverdISH, an adaptation of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea which premiered in major theaters throughout northern Europe in 2011-12, including Amsterdam’s Stadsschouwburg and Berlin’s Konzerthaus. Bohn’s singing and dancing Nerone was met with wide acclaim; “Laura Bohn is truly formidable. . . it seemed as if the whole production were conceived for her . . .” (Voi-Z Festival).
Ms.Bohn was a young artist at the Teatro Real (Royal Opera of Spain) in Madrid (‘09-’10), Syracuse Opera in New York (’08) and was awarded the Luciano Pavarotti Memorial Scholarship to attend the renowned International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2010. A finalist in the 2009 Lotte Lenya Competition, other roles include Micaela in La Tragedie de Carmen, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Juliette in Romeo et Juliette, Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, Musetta in La Boheme, Serpina in La Serva Padrona and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. Laura has been featured in performances at the HERE Arts Center and the United Nations Assembly Hall in New York, The Olympic Music Festival in Seattle and the Walt Disney Concert Hall 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 the California Institute of the Arts and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.