B i o g r a p h y
American Soprano Laura Bohn's performances have been heralded as "a brilliant tour de force triumph" and "the tragic classicism and intense, focused range of a Callas playing Medea" (Gramophone). She has worked 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) and Silbersee Opera (NL).
Career highlights include the title role in Adés' Powder her Face, in which "her powerfully sung Duchess" "nimbly aged half a century" and "moved among the opera's many time periods skillfully, changing wigs and demeanor in full view of the audience" (Opera News, WSJ), and Bernstein's MASS, singing and dancing at Lincoln Center with the Mostly Mozart Orchestra and with Dudamel and the LA Phil in The Walt Disney Concert Hall. Other notable performances include The Industry's Hopscotch opera in which she sang Lucha's 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.
Upcoming projects for the soprano include Lullaby a one-woman opera written for Bohn by composer Kamala Sankaram which will premiere at the O. Festival (formerly Operadagen Rotterdam) 2022 and tour through the Netherlands. The U.S. premiere will be at Festival Opera in summer 2022. Laura will be heard as the Witch (transposed for soprano) in a radical urban re-imagining of Hansel and Gretel with Silbersee Opera on tour in major theaters in the Netherlands in the fall and winter of '21-'22. In the summer of 2021 she will return to her home state of Washington for Concerts in the Barn singing Schönberg and Danielpour with the Carpe Diem String Quartet.
Signature roles for the soprano 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 husband, a jazz drummer and son.