Laura Wilde

Soprano

Biography

A 2019 Richard Tucker Foundation career grant recipient, American soprano Laura Wilde has been praised by Opera News for having “a ravishingly beautiful sound, [and] a fine sense of style and character.” In the 2021-2022 season, Ms. Wilde will debut at Washington National Opera as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, debut at the Opéra national de Paris as the Fifth Maid in Elektra, and cover the role of Eva in Die Meistersinger at the Metropolitan Opera. She will also make her role debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in her return to the Berkshire Opera Festival.

Cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic included the full Ring Cycle at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, in which she was to sing Sieglinde in Die Walküre, as well as Freia, Ortlinde, and the Third Norn, a return to Staatstheater Stuttgart for her role debut as Marguerite in Faust, her Metropolitan Opera debut as Der Hüter der Schwelle des Tempels in Die Frau ohne Schatten, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Memphis Symphony. In the 2020-2021 season, Ms. Wilde made her role debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, in a film produced by Seattle Opera.

In the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Wilde appeared at Staatstheater Stuttgart as Agathe in Der Freischütz, and returned to Arizona Opera as Mamah Cheney in the world premiere of Daron Hagen’s Shining Brow, a snapshot of Frank Lloyd Wright’s life in the early 20th century. Concert engagements included her Australian debut as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with Sir Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony, as well as a solo recital with Craig Terry at the Marcus Center in Milwaukee.

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Reviews

“Young Laura Wilde makes a heartrending transition from a spirited, pretty girl in Marian blue to drugged, pale and facially disfigured young mother and on, in Act Three, to a wise woman who’s learnt too much too soon about the disappointments and horrors of life. Throughout, her delivery and body language are truthful, her upper register flawlessly radiant.”

David Nice

The Arts Desk

“Of the first-year apprentices, I was most taken with Laura Wilde, an Indiana University alumna who has sung supporting roles in Santa Fe, N.M., and St. Louis. She brought unforced charm and a peaches-and-creamy lyric soprano to the Jewel Song from Gounod’s “Faust.” The sound opened out to a full, steady top, and she has fine stage presence too. Wilde is definitely one to watch.”

John von Rhein

Chicago Tribune

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“Making her European debut, Laura Wilde is a touchingly clear-voiced forlorn Jenůfa”

Cara Chanteau, The Independent

“The cast is never less than superb. Laura Wilde excelled as Jenůfa, capturing all the wistful beauty of the young, naïve country girl in the first act in a way that was deeply poignant. Her tone is bright and warm, lit by an upper register that is clear and glorious; her second act prayer succeeded in being both incredibly beautiful and intensely sad. She sang with nuance, and transitioned credibly from youthful optimism into the more knowing woman in the second act who is physically scarred and loses both her lover and her child. The change was heartrending to watch, as it ought to be.”

– John E.de Wald, Opera Brittania

“In the title role [of Jenufa], American soprano Laura Wilde was a revelation. Making her European debut, Wilde sang with a radiant, richly textured soprano and displayed considerable acting skills. “

Claire Seymour, Opera Today

“I also thoroughly enjoyed soprano Laura Wilde singing “Jewel Song: O Dieu! Que de bijoux!” from Faust. Wilde’s light, airy soprano voice was perfect for Marguerite, who girlishly adorns herself in jewelry left to her by her admirer, Faust.”

Jennifer Lunz, Splash Magazine

“…Ms. Wilde sang Marguerite’s aria, “Oh Dieu! Que de bijoux!,” [“O God! What jewels!”] from Gounod’s Faust; Wilde was careful in observing textual import, so that her decorations on the “princesse,” whom she fantasized at becoming, were especially well chosen. Her final notes showed an emotional outburst that spoke more of the character’s naïveté than of her entrancement with the jewels produced by Mephistopheles.”

Salvatore Calomino, Opera Today

“Above all, Laura Wilde, making her London debut as Jenufa, was stunning. A young, emerging American singer, this was a perfect showcase for her beautiful, flexible voice and also her strong acting abilities. She drew us into Jenufa’s world; convinced us of her obsessive love for Steva and her forgiveness of the Kostelnicka; and finally she and Peter Hoare convincingly portrayed the redemptive and musically powerful ending.”

Mel Cooper, Plays to See

“The cast is never less than superb. Laura Wilde excelled as Jenůfa, capturing all the wistful beauty of the young, naïve country girl in the first act in a way that was deeply poignant. Her tone is bright and warm, lit by an upper register that is clear and glorious; her second act prayer succeeded in being both incredibly beautiful and intensely sad. She sang with nuance, and transitioned credibly from youthful optimism into the more knowing woman in the second act who is physically scarred and loses both her lover and her child. The change was heartrending to watch, as it ought to be.”

John E.de Wald, Opera Brittania

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