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American Soprano Laura Bohn, lauded for her "powerfully sung " performances and "skillful" stagecraft (Opera News), brings a vivid presence and “lush” vocalism to her wide ranging repertoire, embodying the cutting edge of operatic performance. Laura has been featured in performances with the LA Philharmonic, The Industry, The Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Het Residentie Orkest (Netherlands), I Solisti del Vento (Belgium), Operadagen Rotterdam, Syracuse Opera, West Edge Opera, Festival Opera, The Center for Contemporary Opera, The Millennium Jazz Orchestra, the Grand Harmonie Orchestra and Silbersee Opera. She has been heard on major stages on both sides of the Atlantic, from Lincoln Center in New York to Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA to the Berlin Konzerthaus. Laura had her Benaroya Hall solo debut with members of the Seattle Symphony in early 2020 in her hometown of Seattle.
Ms. Bohn's repertoire spans Baroque to present day, but she has a special affinity for works of the 20th and 21st century. Recent highlights include her Lincoln Center debut as soprano soloist (singing and dancing) in Bernstein's MASS under the baton of Louis Langrée, a reprise of the role which marked her debut with the LA Philharmonic in early 2018 under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. The soprano returned in 2018 to The Dallas Opera where she had covered the role of the Governess in The Turn of the Screw to cover Iris Marinus in Michel Van der Aa's 3-D opera, Sunken Garden. Laura was the soloist of The Bernstein Celebration Tour with the Millennium Jazz Orchestra in major theaters throughout the Netherlands in 2018-19 and was seen and as de Juf in Lev, with Silbersee Opera touring the Netherlands in 2019.
In 2017 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 that season 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".
Other recent role debuts include Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio with Grand Harmonie at Princeton, the monodrama Black Water with the Center for Contemporary Opera at Symphony Space in New York, the title role in Adés' Powder Her Face at West Edge Opera in Oakland, in which her “powerfully sung Duchess exuded sadness and vulnerability under her steely elegance” (Opera News) and Fefjulka in UKSUS with Erling Wold Fabrications in San Francisco. Past season highlights include Ino in Händel's Semele at Operadagen Rotterdam, Lucha in The Industry’s widely acclaimed Hopscotch mobile-opera in LA, 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.
An avid champion of modern music Laura has worked closely with many composers including Ellen Reid, Anne LeBaron, Erling Wold, Jherek Bischoff, Kamala Sankaram, Doug Balliett and Forrest Pierce. 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 toured the Netherlands and Belgium in the fall of 2013 as Nerone in the reprise of MonteverdISH, a hiphopera 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 The Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Micaëla 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, the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s REDCAT theater in Los Angeles and at the San Francisco MOMA under the auspices of the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco.
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. She currently lives in Amsterdam with her husband and baby.