Laura Wilde
Soprano

“Wilde, making her European debut, is quite a find, a warm-voiced soprano with real lustre in her tone, and a deeply affecting, if finely understated, actress” (The Guardian)

Contacts

Shirley Thomson +44 (0)20 3725 9173
Ian Stones +44 (0)20 3725 9104
Georgina Wheatley +44 (0)20 3725 9185

Biography

A recent graduate of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Young Artists’ programme, American soprano Laura Wilde made her European debut last season at English National Opera, portraying the title role of Janáček’s Jenůfa under Mark Wigglesworth.

During her time as a young artist in Chicago, Laura Wilde has amassed a broad repertoire including Contessa Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Hanna (The Merry Widow), Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito) and Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) among others, and returns there this season as Freia (Das Rheingold).

A recent graduate of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Young Artists’ programme, American soprano Laura Wilde made her European debut last season at English National Opera, portraying the title role of Janáček’s Jenůfa under Mark Wigglesworth.

During her time as a young artist in Chicago, Laura Wilde has amassed a broad repertoire including Contessa Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Hanna (The Merry Widow), Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito) and Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) among others, and returns there this season as Freia (Das Rheingold).

As a member of their respective young artist programmes, Laura Wilde has already performed at Arizona Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Opera Theatre of St Louis as well as portrayed Lucy in Grant Park Music Festival’s performances of Menotti’s The Telephone. Laura will return to Arizona this season to create the lead role of Jane Withersteen in the world premiere of Riders of the Purple Sage as well as to St Louis as Vitellia. Laura was a Semi-Finalist at the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and is a 2016 recipient of the Sara Tucker Study Grant.

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Contacts

Shirley Thomson +44 (0)20 3725 9173
Ian Stones +44 (0)20 3725 9104
Georgina Wheatley +44 (0)20 3725 9185

Reviews

“The rest of Wotan’s clan included the fresh-voiced soprano (and Ryan Opera Center alumna) Laura Wilde as Freia” (Chicago Tribune, October 2016)

“After applauding Laura Wilde’s outstanding portrayal of Jenůfa, I consulted the programme to find that she is in her final year as a participant in the young artists’ programme at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and that this was her ENO and European debut. She gave a commanding performance vocally, producing a pure soprano sound with which she was able to ride over the hefty orchestra and yet also to shape some delicate piano and pianissimo phrases. Dramatically she was always the uncomfortable stepdaughter – vulnerable, wilful, uncomprehending, disappointed.” (Opera Magazine, September 2016)

“Wilde, making her European debut, is quite a find, a warm-voiced soprano with real lustre in her tone, and a deeply affecting, if finely understated, actress: Jenůfa’s numbed grief for her dead baby tears you in two, as it should.” (The Guardian, Tim Ashley, June 2016)

“The rest of Wotan’s clan included the fresh-voiced soprano (and Ryan Opera Center alumna) Laura Wilde as Freia” (Chicago Tribune, October 2016)

“After applauding Laura Wilde’s outstanding portrayal of Jenůfa, I consulted the programme to find that she is in her final year as a participant in the young artists’ programme at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and that this was her ENO and European debut. She gave a commanding performance vocally, producing a pure soprano sound with which she was able to ride over the hefty orchestra and yet also to shape some delicate piano and pianissimo phrases. Dramatically she was always the uncomfortable stepdaughter – vulnerable, wilful, uncomprehending, disappointed.” (Opera Magazine, September 2016)

“Wilde, making her European debut, is quite a find, a warm-voiced soprano with real lustre in her tone, and a deeply affecting, if finely understated, actress: Jenůfa’s numbed grief for her dead baby tears you in two, as it should.” (The Guardian, Tim Ashley, June 2016)

“…with wonderful colours in her voice she is deeply affecting as the village girl whose baby is murdered by her stepmother…” (The Telegraph, John Allison, June 2016)

“Throughout, her delivery and body language are truthful, her upper register flawlessly radiant.” (The Arts Desk, June 2016)

“Laura Wilde’s empowered lyricism helps lift Jenůfa out of the painful trials that beset her into wisdom and maturity.” (The Stage, George Hall, June 2016)

“Among the first selections of the evening the aria “Ain’t it a pretty night” from Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah was sung by Laura Wilde. Ms. Wilde’s interpretation showed excellent technique at appropriate emphatic moments…Her character’s wistful yearning “to be one of them folks myself” who are beyond the mountains, was equally touching” (Salvatore Calomino, Opera Today, May 2015)

“Of the first-year apprentices, I was most taken with Laura Wilde, an Indiana University alumna who has sung supporting roles in Santa Fe and St. Louis. She brought unforced charm and a peaches-and-creamy lyric [tone]…The sound opened out to a full, steady top, and she has fine stage presence too. Wilde is definitely one to watch.” (John van Rhein, Chicago Tribune, 2014)

“Wilde’s rendition of Lucy’s protracted conversations was sung with lambent tone and aplomb. Particularly impressive was the effortlessness she brought to her character’s pyrotechnical laughter.”(Tim Sawyier, Chicago Classical Review, July 2015)