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Laura Albino

Laura Albino
Katie Cross

Soprano

Described as "fresh-voiced and agile with a gorgeous top range…" (Opera Canada) Canadian soprano Laura Albino is in growing demand as a sensitive interpreter of the lyric soprano repertoire. Laura is a recent graduate of the prestigious Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio where she performed numerous roles including Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte) and Ilia (Idomeneo) in the Ensemble Studio performances as well as Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and The Cook (Stravinsky's The Nightingale and Other Short Fables) on the mainstage. She also covered the roles of Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Musetta (La bohème) and Micaëla (Carmen).

This past season performance highlights included a European tour of Svadba-Wedding with Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, a Canadian tour of the same opera in January of 2013, and her debut with Toronto's Opera Atelier as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte which was met with great audience and critical acclaim.

Other recent appearances include her debut with Calgary Opera as Musetta in La bohème and a cross Canada tour with Jeunesses Musicales of Canada where she sang the role of Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen. Laura also appeared at the Banff Centre where she was called in on one-week's notice to fill in as Fiordiligi in the Opera as Theatre production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte under the baton of David Agler.

In the 2010/2011 season Miss Albino made her debut with Toronto Operetta Theatre as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus , which reviewer James Karas described her as "..pretty, poised and can sing delightfully. She is the best part of the evening."

Laura also made her role debut as Mimì in La bohème with Toronto's new avant-garde opera company Against the Grain Theatre.

Miss Albino appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2011 with the Canadian Opera Company touring production of Stravinsky's The Nightingale and Other Short Fables where she reprised her role as The Cook.

A skilled interpreter of new music, Miss Albino is a regular guest artist with Toronto's Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, one of Canada's foremost New Music opera companies. In the summer of 2011, Laura appeared in Svadba-Wedding by Montreal composer Ana Sokolovic , an opera for six women singing acapella. The performance was lauded as a "tour de force" and the cast was nominated for a Dora Award for Best Performance in an Opera. With Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, Laura had the pleasure of singing at the Lindbury Studio at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for their touring production of The Midnight Court (Sokolovic).

Also an avid interpreter of sacred music and oratorio, Laura made her debut this past season with the Kingston Symphony singing the soprano solos in Haydn's Creation. Miss Albino has performed with many of the country's leading choirs and orchestras including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, I musici di Montreal, Amadeus Choir, Aradia Ensemble, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Tallis Choir, Chorus Niagara, Symphony Nova Scotia, and Pax Christie Chorale. Laura has also appeared as a soloist with the Oregon Bach Festival (Bach Cantatas), Southwest Florida Symphony (Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass), Teatro lirico di Cagliari Orchestra (Messiah), Handel Society of Dartmouth College (Messiah) and the Bach Collegium Stuttgart (Handel's Saul).

Miss Albino graduated from the University of Toronto Opera School where she was named the Distinguished Graduate. While there, Laura performed the roles of Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Anna (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and the title role in Handel's Semele.

Other operatic roles include Mary Warren in Ward's The Crucible with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, England.

Laura has been a laureate with Montreal's Jeunes Ambassadeurs three times and also received the Giuseppe Verdi prize in 2010. Laura was also named winner of the Ottawa Choral Society's New Discoveries Competition.

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