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 (Così 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 reprised her role of Lena in performances at San Francisco Opera. Laura also 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 Edmonton Opera debut as the Fourth Maid in Elektra, her Verdi debut with Opera in Concert in the seldom performed Stiffelio, her Calgary Opera debut as Musetta in La Bohème and a tour 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 Così fan tutte under the baton of David Agler.
Laura also 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. She 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.
"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
“Great additions this time included soprano Laura Albino as a strong-yet-honey-voiced Pamina...” — John Terauds, Musical Toronto
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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