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Laura Strickling



A versatile musician whose repertoire ranges from Purcell to Previn, soprano Laura Strickling made her professional operatic debut as a resident artist with the Berkshire Opera in the role of the Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel in July 2006. Her other performances include Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Opera Manhattan, the Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with the Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre, Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance with the Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Mrs. Segstrom in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with the Peabody Opera Theatre, Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with the Peabody Opera Outreach, Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen with the Rome Festival Opera, and Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona at the Moody Bible Institute. In March 2005, Ms. Strickling created the role of Muriel in the world premiere of Thomas Benjamin’s The Alien Corn with the Peabody Opera Theatre. In April 2010, she will return to the Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society in the role of Josephine in Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore.

Ms. Strickling made her professional concert debut with the Annapolis Opera in the December 2005 Mozart by Candlelight concert. Other solo concert engagements include the U.S. premiere of selections from Riccardo Riccardi’s Canti di Pessoa at Goucher College, Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Peabody Hopkins Chorus, Handel’s Messiah with Moody Bible Institute, and the aria Depuis le jour from Charpentier’s opera Louise with the Chicago City-Wide Symphony Orchestra. In May 2010, she will be presenting a recital sponsored by the Baltimore Music Club.
Ms. Strickling has performed in master classes with Kathleen Kelly, Tom Muraco, Christine Goerke, David Bender, and Ben Heppner, and has worked with acclaimed directors Josemaria Condemi (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Garnett Bruce (The Alien Corn).

Ms. Strickling was a winner in the MacDowell Artists Association Scholarship Competition at the age of 17. She placed first at the both the NATS Chicago Audition Competition in the senior division and at the NATS Central Region Audition Competition in the junior division. She received a Bravo Award in the Bel Canto Foundation Competition (student division). In 2008 Ms. Strickling won first place awards at both the Maryland State and Mid-Atlantic Region NATS Audition Competitions in the continuing education division. In March 2010, she won first place at both the Baltimore Music Club Competition and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA) – Virginia State Competition. She will be going on to compete in the NATSAA Mid-Atlantic Region Competition in April 2010.
A Chicago native, Ms. Strickling attended Lane Technical High School, where she began her voice studies under George Rico. She was a member of the Chicago Children’s Choir under the direction of William Chin. Ms. Strickling obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from Moody Bible Institute, studying under Dr. Susan Clark Manns, and a Master of Music degree at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where she was a Merit Scholarship recipient studying under William Sharp and Phyllis Bryn-Julson.

Ms. Strickling currently studies with Elizabeth Daniels and lives in Alexandria, Virginia. She is an avid traveler and spent the 2008-2009 academic year living and studying classical Arabic in Fez, Morocco. Recently returned, she devotes herself full-time to her singing career.

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