Laura Flaxman, Mezzo-Soprano
Ms. Flaxman covered the title role of Carmen in Golden Rose Opera Works production this spring, and is excited to appear with the company again in the fall as La Principessa in Suor Angelica. She'll also be appearing this fall with Light Opera of New Jersey in the role of Mom in John Davies pastiche Little Red's Most Unusual Day. Recently, Laura recorded Francois Dompierre's new work Is Paris Burning? with The Center for Contemporary Opera, and performed the role of Meg Page in Falstaff with Utopia Opera. Prior to that she appeared as Flora in Bronx Opera's production of La Traviata, and Zita in Gianni Schicchi with Ralynmor Opera in New Hampshire. She also performs regularly with Opera on Tap at venues throughout NYC.
A young mezzo-soprano with a strikingly rich and powerful voice, Ms. Flaxman is also extremely comfortable in her own skin, a result of her devoted yoga practice. She's a certified teacher and delights in bringing her two passions together; she has served as a guest yoga instructor at The Castleton Festival and Opera NEO.
In previous seasons Laura appeared as Giovanna in Verdi's Ernani at Symphony Space with the United Nations Orchestra, as well as in the role of Jacqueline in Utopia Opera's production of Gounod's Le medecin malgre lui. She performed in San Diego as part of the inaugural season of Opera NEO; displaying her versatility by taking on such diverse roles as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Nerone in L'incoronazione di Poppea, and Velma Kelly in Chicago.
After completing her MM at the University of Colorado in Boulder, she performed with: Loveland Opera Theatre, Colorado Light Opera, The Boulder Philharmonic, Empire Lyric Players, The Boulder Opera Quintet, Opera Colorado, and The Boulder International Fringe Festival. She appeared many times with CU Opera; highlights include Jade Boucher in the academic premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia.
While attaining her BM at Northwestern University, Ms. Flaxman was seen as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, The Spirit in Dido and Aeneas, and also participated in the educational outreach ensemble Children’s Opera Works, with whom she sang Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel and Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte. As a soloist, she has appeared in concert in such works as Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Imant Raminsh’s Magnificat.