LAURA ALBINO

Soprano

BIOGRAPHY

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 an Alumna 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 and The Cook (Stravinsky’s The Nightingale and Other Short Fables) on the mainstage and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

 

A skilled interpreter of new music, Laura has performed in Ana Sokolovic’s highly successful operatic tour-de-force, Svadba/ Wedding, in Toronto, on tour in Europe and with Opera Philadelphia. In 2016, Laura reprises her role of Lena in performances at San Francisco Opera. Laura created Mimi in Against the Grain Theatre’s updated, gritty production of La Bohème.

 

Laura made 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 Verdi debut with Opera in Concert in the seldom performed Stiffelio, her Calgary Opera debut as Musetta in La Bohème and toured with Jeunesses Musicales of Canada as Micaëla in Carmen. Laura also appeared at the Banff Centre where she was called in with one-week’s notice to sing Fiordiligi in the Opera as Theatre production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte under the baton of David Agler.

Miss Albino’s starred as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, with Toronto Operetta Theatre, a performance for which reviewer James Karas wrote; “[she’s] pretty, poised and can sing delightfully. She is the best part of the evening.”

 

An avid interpreter of sacred music and oratorio, Laura recently debuted with the Kingston Symphony 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, Chorus Niagara, Symphony Nova Scotia, and Pax Christi Chorale. Laura has also appeared as a soloist with the Oregon Bach Festival, Southwest Florida Symphony, Teatro lirico di Cagliari Orchestra, Handel Society of Dartmouth College, and the Bach Collegium Stuttgart.

 

A Winner of the Ottawa Choral Society's New Discoveries Competition, Laura also won the Giuseppe Verdi Prize in Montreal's 2010 Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques. In 2016/17, Laura debuts with Edmonton Opera as the Fourth Maid in Elektra.

As Pamina in The Magic Flute with Opera Atelier  –

“Laura Albino sang Pamina with real emotion, with a richly textured soprano. Her Ach, ich fuhl's, one of the world's saddest pieces of music, was heartbreaking.”

Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail

RESUME

Opera

SELECTED ROLES

Pamina | Die Zauberflöte

Musetta | La Bohème

Fiordiligi | Cosi fan Tutte

SELECTED REPERTOIRE

Mendelssohn | Elijah

Vaughan Williams | Dona Nobis Pacem

Haydn | Creation

PRESS KIT

HEADSHOTS

 

DOCUMENTS

Updated Sep 2015

Laura Albino, Soprano

ARTIST CONNECTIONS

2016

Lena (Svadba/Wedding)

2014

Lina (Stiffelio)

2013

Pamina (Die Zauberflöte)

 Lena (Svadba/Wedding)

2012

Micaëla (Le Tragédie de Carmen)

Musetta (La bohème)

Lena (Svadba/Wedding)

2011

Micaëla (Carmen)

Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte)

Lena (Svadba/Wedding)

Mimi (La bohème)

The Cook (The Nightingale)

2010

Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus)

 Ilia (Idomeneo)

 The Cook (The Nightingale)

2009

Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte)

 

Sokolovic

 

Verdi

 

Mozart

Sokolovic

 

Bizet

Puccini

Sokolovic

 

Bizet

Mozart

Sokolovic

Puccini

Stravinsky

 

Strauss

Mozart

Stravinsky

 

Mozart

 

San Francisco Opera

 

Voicebox: Opera in Concert

 

Opera Atelier

Queen of Puddings Music Theatre

 

Highlands Opera Studio

Calgary Opera

Queen of Puddings Music Theatre

 

Jeunesses Musicales Canada

Banff Centre

Queen of Puddings Music Theatre

Against the Grain Theatre

Brooklyn Academy of Music

 

Toronto Operetta Theatre

Canadian Opera Company Ensemble

Canadian Opera Company

 

Canadian Opera Company Ensemble

Oratorio & Concert

2013

“Opera Nella Chiesa”

2012

“Italianissimo!”

Creation

2011

Requiem

Dona nobis pacem

2010

Mass in C Minor (Sop. II)

2009

Messiah

Messiah

B Minor Mass

2008

Elijah

2007

Messiah

St. John Passion

Cantatas BWV 78 & 140

Saul

2006

Ein Deutsches Requiem

 

Various

 

Various

Haydn

 

Mozart

V. Williams

 

Mozart

 

Handel

Handel

Bach

 

Mendelssohn

 

Handel

Bach

Bach

Handel

 

Brahms

 

Recitals at Rosedale

 

Toronto Operetta Theatre

Kingston Symphony

 

I Musici de Montréal

Grand Philharmonic Choir

 

King Edward Choir

 

Symphony Nova Scotia

Teatro lirico di Cagliari Orchestra

Chorus Niagara

 

Amadeus Choir

 

Handel Society of Dartmouth College

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Oregon Bach Festival

Bach Collegium Stuttgart

 

U of T Symphony Orchestra

Accomplishments

EDUCATION

2008–10 | Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio

2004–10 | International Vocal Arts Institute; Israel, France, Puerto Rico, Montreal, Virginia

2007 | Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme

2006 | University of Toronto - Master of Music in Opera

2004 | University of Toronto - Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance

 

AWARDS

2010 | Prix de Giuseppe Verdi,Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyrique

2008 | New Discoveries Winner, Ottawa Choral Society

2005/07/10 | Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyrique Laureate, JAL Montreal

2006 | Bertha and David Silverman Scholarship, International Vocal Arts Institute

2006 | Distinguished Graduate Award, Canadian Opera Volunteers Committee

REVIEWS

As Pamina in The Magic Flute with Opera Atelier –

“Laura Albino sang Pamina with real emotion, with a richly textured soprano. Her Ach, ich fuhl's, one of the world's saddest pieces of music, was heartbreaking.”

Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail

 

“...Exciting newcomers to the OA fold, like soprano Laura Albino, stepping into the role of Pamina with both assurance and style.”

John Coulbourne, Toronto Sun

 

“Great additions this time included soprano Laura Albino as a strong-yet-honey-voiced Pamina...”

John Terauds, www.musicaltoronto.org

 

“The young lovers are attractive to look at and to hear. Albino has a wonderful soprano voice and Ainsworth's tenor is clear and warm.”

Tim Feran, The Columbus Dispatch

 

“Soprano Laura Albino, in her OA debut as Pamina, also displayed a clear, bright and supple voice.”

Colin Eatock, www.colineatock.com

 

“Albino has a voice that is full of sweetness and musical-comedy passion.”

James Karas, www.bachtrack.com

 

“New to the cast (and to Opera Atelier) is soprano Laura Albino, a marvellously fresh-voiced Pamina.”

Michael Johnson, www.concertoNet.com

 

“Laura Albino sang and acted the part of the conflicted `Pamina`. beautifully. Her loyalty to her mother was as palpable as her love for `Tamino`. She had wonderful chemistry opposite Ainsworth. The duet she shared with Laquerre was deservedly one of the high points of the evening and she played nicely opposite Aaron Ferguson as well. This was her debut with Opera Atelier and the hope here is that it`s the beginning of a long association.”

Brian Hay www.norules-nolights.com

 

“Laura Albino is quite an aristocratic Pamina...she sings Pamina`s arias with great sensitivity and refinement.”

Christopher Hoile, www.stage-door.com

 

As Musetta in La Bohème with Calgary Opera –

“...there was much to admire in the pert, vivacious Musetta by Laura Albino. She dominated the proceedings in the second act at Cafe Momus, her waltz song the smash it always is, and her shenanigans on stage hit the right spot.”

Kenneth Delong, The Calgary Herald

 

“Albino and Addis proved great romantic sparring partners especially in the third scene when their jealousies erupt.

I loved that they both seemed to age so much as a result of Mimi's tragic end, a detail that is too often overlooked.”

Louis Hobson, Calgary Sun

 

As Mimì in La bohème with Against the Grain Theatre –

“Laura Albino plays a darkly serious Mimi, unpretentious and still. When her passion comes to the surface, as it does in her arias, she gives us something extraordinary. She’s a Mimi who finds the delicate balance between the humble seamstress only wishing her artificial flowers could live, and the bubbly exuberance of a woman newly in love.”

Leslie Barcza, barczablog

 

Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus with Toronto Operetta Theatre –

“Soprano Laura Albino makes a first-rate Rosalinda. She is pretty, poised and can sing delightfully. She is the best part of the evening.”

James Karas, Reviews and Views

 

“As the leading couple, the Eisensteins, soprano Laura Albino and tenor Adam Luther bring beautiful lyric voices to the operetta...”

John Terauds, The Toronto Star

 

Soprano soloist in Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem with the Grand Philharmonic Choir –

“Albino was heavenly with her repeated and often soaring Dona Nobis Pacem, her voice round, focused, and lovely to hear.”

Stephen Preece, The Record

 

“Most memorable is the pairing of Albino’s prim, granny-glasses Fiordiligi and Segal’s more emotional, large-eyed Dorabella. Their soprano and mezzo voices blend like honey in duets, and they use their arias to further define sibs who each wants to remain true to her lover but finds that her heart is won over by another.”

John Kaplan, NOW Magazine

 

As Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte with the COC Ensemble Studio –

“Albino was fresh-voiced and agile, with a gorgeous top range and author of a really expressive Act II aria of self-exploration.”

Geoff Chapman, Opera Canada

 

As The Cook in The Nightingale, Brooklyn Academy of Music –

“Laura Albino made a alert, sympathetic Cook, singing attractively...”

David Shengold, Gay City News

 

As The Cook in The Nightingale, Canadian Opera Company –

“Laura Albino was delightful as the Cook.”

Tamara Bernstein, The Globe and Mail

 

In the title role on the Naxos CD "Polly" by Samuel Arnold with Aradia Ensemble –

“The standouts among the solid cast are soprano Laura Albino in the title role, who is warm-toned and tender in expressing her love for Macheath in the lilting air, ‘She who hath felt a real pain by Cupid's dart’.”

Opera Canada

 

“One can admire the charm brought to the title role by Laura Albino whose ‘She who hath felt’ is a genial example of her musicianship.”

Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International

 

“There is excellent, stylish singing from Laura Albino in the title role...”

The Big City

 

“With the attractive soprano voice of Laura Albino as Polly...we generally have a good cast.”

David Denton, David's Review Corner