Soprano Laura Bohn's performances have been called "a brilliant tour de force triumph" and "the tragic classicism and intense, focused range of a Callas playing Medea" (Gramophone). She has been heard as a soloist with the LA Philharmonic, The Industry (LA), The Mostly Mozart Orchestra (NY) , Het Residentie Orkest (Netherlands), I Solisti del Vento (Belgium), Operadagen Rotterdam, Syracuse Opera (NY), West Edge Opera (CA), Festival Opera (CA), Dallas Opera (TX), The Center for Contemporary Opera (NY), The Millennium Jazz Orchestra (NL), the Grand Harmonie Orchestra (MA), Toneelmakerij and Silbersee Opera (NL). Ms. Bohn has been featured on such stages as Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, Konzerthaus Berlin, National Sawdust in New York, Het Concertgebouw and Het Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam.
Career highlights include the title role in Adés' Powder her Face, in which "her powerfully sung Duchess" "nimbly aged half a century" (Opera News, WSJ), and Bernstein's MASS, singing and dancing at Lincoln Center with the Mostly Mozart Orchestra under the baton of Louis Langrée and with Gustavo Dudamel at the LA Philharmonic. Other notable performances include The Industry's Hopscotch opera in which she sang a mad scene by Ellen Reid in over 250 performances while in a limousine driving around downtown L.A., and as Nerone in MonteverdISH, a hip-hop adaptation of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, where "she was literally a bridge between the two worlds of opera and hiphop . . " (Theater.nl) touring the Netherlands and Belgium.
Current projects for the soprano include Lullaby a one-woman opera written for Bohn by composer Kamala Sankaram which will workshop at the O-Lab of the O Festival (formerly Operadagen Rotterdam) in the spring of 2022. Lullaby will have its European premiere at the O Festival and the American premiere at Festival Opera in California in the summer of 2023, followed by performances in Los Angeles and throughout the Netherlands. More info on Lullaby here.
This season Laura sang the Witch in a new urbanized production of Hansel and Gretel with Silbersee Opera/Toneel Makerij on tour in major theaters in the Netherlands. She was heard in L.A. performing works of composer Anne LeBaron with the Beyond Opera Collective and will tour as soloist with the Carpe Diem String Quartet in Amsterdam, Siena and Colorado. This summer she will return to her home state of Washington to headline the gala concert of Concerts in the Barn . Laura will have her opera-film debut in She Who is Alive by San Francisco based composer Erling Wold, as Dr. Maria Stryker, filming in fall '22 and '23.
Signature roles for Laura include the Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Anna I in Weill's Seven Deadly Sins, Elle in La Voix Humaine, and Marzelline in Beethoven's Fidelio. Laura sang the role of Bellini's Norma in Before I Die with I Solisti di Vento/Kameroperahuis in the Netherlands and Belgium in 2017 and was the soloist of The Bernstein Celebration Tour with the Millennium Jazz Orchestra in major theaters throughout the Netherlands in 2018-19.
Past season highlights include Ino in Händel's Semele at Operadagen Rotterdam, as a soloist in concerts with the Hague Philharmonic (Het Residentie Orkest), the SacroProfano Baroque ensemble in New York and the Isaura String Quartet in LA. Other career highlights include DJ Moz’art, a pastiche dance-opera celebrating the life and works of the composer which played over 40 performances in 2014 in major theaters throughout northern Europe to great critical acclaim.
Ms. Bohn was a young artist at the Teatro Real (Royal Opera of Spain) in Madrid (‘09-’10), Syracuse Opera in New York (’08).
A native of Seattle, 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 Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a BFA in Vocal Performance from the California Institute of the Arts. She currently lives in Amsterdam with her jazz drummer husband and son.