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

American soprano Laura Wilde made her European debut in 2016 at English National Opera, portraying the title role of Janáček’s Jenůfa under Mark Wigglesworth. 

A recent graduate of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, her recent roles there include Freia (Das Rheingold) and Ortlinde (Die Walküre). Following her debut as Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito) for Opera Theatre St Louis last season, Laura joins Dallas Opera for Korngold’s Der Ring des Polykrates under Emmanuel Villaume this season. 

American soprano Laura Wilde made her European debut in 2016 at English National Opera, portraying the title role of Janáček’s Jenůfa under Mark Wigglesworth. 

A recent graduate of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, her recent roles there include Freia (Das Rheingold) and Ortlinde (Die Walküre). Following her debut as Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito) for Opera Theatre St Louis last season, Laura joins Dallas Opera for Korngold’s Der Ring des Polykrates under Emmanuel Villaume this season. 

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

“Laura Wilde’s Vitellia had a hot core of tone and admirable vocal agility and nuance” (Opera Magazine, August 2017)

“The director has been gifted with a cast that is nigh unto perfection. As Vitellia, Laura Wilde seems well on her way to becoming the Mozart soprano of choice. Her creamy, evenly produced tone had outstanding presence in every register and she coloured it beautifully to reflect her changing moods…Ms Wilde is also highly adept at executing the florid writing and ornamentations…Her dramatic gifts equal her splendid instrument, most especially her deft, subtle comic timing.” (Opera Today, June 2017)

“Laura Wilde sings a strong, splendid Vitellia. She makes this woman enticing and flirtatious as well as vengeful.” (Broadway World, June 2017)

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

“Laura Wilde’s Vitellia had a hot core of tone and admirable vocal agility and nuance” (Opera Magazine, August 2017)

“The director has been gifted with a cast that is nigh unto perfection. As Vitellia, Laura Wilde seems well on her way to becoming the Mozart soprano of choice. Her creamy, evenly produced tone had outstanding presence in every register and she coloured it beautifully to reflect her changing moods…Ms Wilde is also highly adept at executing the florid writing and ornamentations…Her dramatic gifts equal her splendid instrument, most especially her deft, subtle comic timing.” (Opera Today, June 2017)

“Laura Wilde sings a strong, splendid Vitellia. She makes this woman enticing and flirtatious as well as vengeful.” (Broadway World, June 2017)

“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)