Mezzo-Soprano Laura Zahn, a Philadelphia native, has been praised for her “warm, voluptuous voice clearly destined for Puccini and Verdi.” This year, Ms. Zahn joined Opera Orlando for their Viva Verdi season, which focused on the works of Giuseppe Verdi. During her residency in Orlando, Laura performed Maddalena (Rigoletto), Giulietta di Kelbar (Un giorno di regno) and Flora Bervoix (La Traviata). In May, Laura sang the role of Marguerite (La Dame Blanche) with New Amsterdam Opera. The following month, she joined Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association as a soloist for their summer concert series in the 6,000 seat Great Auditorium. Her 2022-23 season begins with a role debut as Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi.
In 2020-21, Ms. Zahn was scheduled to make several debuts including Alto Soloist in a world premiere production of Lori Laitman’s Vedem with Indianapolis Opera, Secretary in the Consul with Angels Vocal Art and a cover of Eboli (Don Carlo) with Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece. These productions were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Recent performances include Maddalena (Rigoletto) with Bel Cantanti Opera, Frugola (Il tabarro) and Zelatrice (Suor Angelica) with Angels Vocal Art and Flora Bervoix (La Traviata) with Pacific Opera Project, the latter of which Maria Nockin (Broadway World) noted was sung “with powerful tones as a dramatic Flora whose line was always confident.” Laura also had a 2019 Carnegie debut singing selections of Amneris (Aida) and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly). In previous seasons, Ms. Zahn has performed Florence Pike (Albert Herring), Mother Goose (The Rake’s Progress), Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte) and Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro). She has also covered Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Minskwoman (Flight), Mother (The Consul) and The Moll in a world premiere production of The Cradle will Rock.
Ms. Zahn holds degrees from The Boston Conservatory and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and has participated in apprenticeships with Indianapolis Opera, The Savannah Voice Festival and Opera Saratoga for two seasons. She has also sung with The Boston Lyric Opera and Los Angeles Opera. Laura was most recently a Finalist in Opera Mississippi’s 2021 John Alexander National Vocal competition. She also semi-finaled in the 2020 NYIOP/Premiere Opera Foundation Competition and the 2016 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition.
Her full resume can be found here
"The assassin siblings – Sparafucile (bass Andrew Potter) and Maddalena (Laura Zahn)- gave a great lift to production. Potter’s riveting low growls and imposing height and Zahn’s passion and creamy mezzo-soprano added a guilty pleasure to the opera. And when Zahn joined Ohse, Dougherty and Baek for Rigoletto’s defining music moment- the Act III quartet- there was magic in the air."
David Sckolnik, A La Carte Productions
"Mezzo-soprano Laura Zahn sang with powerful tones as a dramatic Flora whose line was always confident."
Maria Nockin, Broadway World
"Laura Zahn as the madam Mother Goose pleasing in voice, acting and presence..."
Vance R. Coven, The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Another highpoint was Laura Zahn who sang “My Funny Valentine,”...Standing atop the steps, she appeared deeply reflective, like a silent film actress of the time with a stunning purple dress. Descending until she reached the piano below, she continued singing confidently, briefly resting a hand over her chest for dramatic effect. “Each day is Valentine’s Day,” she softly declared with her concluding lyrics and was then greeted by uproarious applause.
Diego Cagara, SpotlightNews.com
"Laura Zahn’s warm, voluptuous [voice] - clearly destined for Puccini and Verdi - shines...she squeezes every expressive drop out of the music."
Jessica Grace, StageMagazine.org