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Mezzo-soprano Laura Flaxman has "a sizable and attractive instrument" (Parterre Box) which she deploys to great effect. She has appeared in the title role of Carmen for Opera Company of Brooklyn, Mère Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites with both Opera Company of Brooklyn and Midwest Institute of Opera, and as a soloist in Beethoven's 9th, Mozart's Coronation Mass and Handel’s Messiah with the Garden State Philharmonic.
Other recent performances include Mary in Der fliegende Höllander with Amici Opera in Philadelphia, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana with both The Midwest Institute of Opera and The North Shore Music Festival, and an acclaimed performance as Laura in La Gioconda with The Opera Company of Brooklyn. A frequent interpreter of Puccini, she has appeared as La Principessa in Suor Angelica for Golden Rose Opera, as well as Eastern Opera of New Jersey, La Frugola in Garden State Opera's production of Il Tabarro, and Zita in Gianni Schicchi with Ralynmor Opera in New Hampshire. Laura also performed the role of Meg Page for Utopia Opera’s Falstaff, Flora in Bronx Opera’s Traviata, Giovanna in Ernani at Symphony Space with the United Nations Orchestra, and Jacqueline in the New York premiere of Gonoud’s Le médecin malgré lui with Utopia Opera. Ms. Flaxman has appeared in concert with The New Jersey Music Society, Opera by the Sea and The Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, and can also be heard on the recording of The Center for Contemporary Opera’s recording of Francois Dompierre's new work Is Paris Burning?
As a certified yoga teacher, she delights in bringing her two passions together and has served as a Guest Yoga Instructor for The Castleton Festival, the Midwest Institute of Opera and Opera NEO.
While completing her MM at the University of Colorado in Boulder, 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. After graduation 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. Laura received her BM from Northwestern University, where she was seen as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, The Spirit in Dido and Aeneas, and participated in the educational outreach ensemble Children’s Opera Works, with whom she sang Hänsel in Hänsel and Gretel and Third Lady in The Magic Flute.