Laura Atkinson

Laura Atkinson

Mezzo-Soprano

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«"Laura Atkinson made for a refined, restrained Medea."»
Alex Ross, The New Yorker (2016)
«“Laura Atkinson als wunderbar zickige Gouvernante Mirabella komplettieren das spielfreudige Ensemble, das zu Recht vom Publikum gefeiert wird.”»
Märkische Allgemeine (2016)
«"... And mezzo-soprano Laura Atkinson were the strong soloists; Atkinson’s ardent tone and expressivity made her solo “Pie Jesu” a major highlight.”»
New Haven Register (2016)
2016Wagner: Der fliegende HolländerMary
2013Wagner: ParsifalSecond group of flowermaiden, third voice
2013Mozart: Die ZauberflöteDritte Dame (Third Lady)
2013Strauss, J.: Der ZigeunerbaronMirabella
2012Janáček : The Cunning Little VixenGrasshopper Child

Bio

American mezzo-soprano Laura C. Atkinson is an active performer in both the United States and in Germany. She has debuted with various orchestras in both countries, including the Nashville Symphony, New Haven Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, the American Baroque Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Braunschweig Staatsorchester. Highlights of her 2015/16 season include Handel's Messiah with the Louisville Orchestra, Bach’s St. John Passion with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri with the Concerto Brandenburg in Berlin, Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Louisville and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen. She was also one of nine singers invited to an Artist Residency at Crear, Scotland, where she worked with Malcolm Martineau. Following the completion of her degrees, she was a recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Grant, which allowed her to study for a year at the Mendelssohn Conservatory of Music in Leipzig, Germany. The subsequent year she was a winner of an Ad Infinitum stipend and a DAAD scholarship, which supported a year of continued studies in Leipzig. Since arriving in Germany, Ms. Atkinson made her European opera debut at Oper Leipzig, where she appeared as Franzl/Heuschreck in Das schlaue Fuchslein; she has performed additional roles at Staatstheater Braunschweig and Rheinsberg Kammeroper. Throughout Europe she has sung various concerts and recitals; highlights include Bach's St. John Passion at the Bachakademie in Stuttgart, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde in Leipzig, Schoenberg's Book of Hanging Gardens at the Schumann Haus in Leipzig and Jenkins' The Armed Man in Hamburg. She is the recipient of various prizes and awards, including 1st place at the American Bach Society/Bethlehem Bach competition, a prize winner of the International Chamber Opera competition in Rheinsberg, a finialist in the Greifswald Bach competition, a Fulbright Grant, an Ad Inifinitum/DAAD steipend, and the inaugural Margot Fassler Award for Excellence in Performance of Sacred Music at Yale. She has worked with such esteemed conductors as Helmuth Rilling, Nicholas McGegan, Simon Carrington, Christopher Seamen, Paul Hillier, Stephen Layton, Mattias Foremny, and Ulrich Windfuhr. She received her masters degree from the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, where she studied with the American tenor, James R. Taylor. At Yale, Ms. Atkinson was a member of Schola Cantorum, a vocal ensemble led by Simon Carrington. As a soloist in this ensemble, she recorded Mendelssohn’s Magnificat with Naxos Records and toured Bach’s B-Minor Mass throughout China and Korea. With the Yale Baroque Opera Project, she sang the lead role of Medea in Cavalli’s Il Giasone, for which she received a favourable review by Alex Ross in The New Yorker. She currently resides in Berlin, Germany. -----   Die Mezzosopranistin Laura Atkinson studierte Gesang an der Yale University “Institute for Sacred Music” in den USA und an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig. Ergänzend besuchte sie Meisterkurse bei Malcolm Martineau, Ingeborg Danz, Rudolph Piernay, Christian Gerhaher und Udo Rheinemann. Erste Bühnenerfahrungen sammelte sie im Rahmen des Yale Baroque Opera Project als Medea im Cavallis Il Giasone. In Deutschland debütierte sie an der Oper Leipzig als Franzl/Heuschreck in Das schlaue Füchlein. Zudem sang sie auch Rollen an der Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg und am Staatstheater Braunschweig. Ihr Konzertrepertoire umfasst Werke wie Händels Messiah, Bachs H-moll Messe, Weihnachts-Oratorium, Magnificat und Johannes-Passion, Brahms’ Alt Rhapsodie, Duruflés Requiem, Mozarts Requiem, Mendelssohns Elias und Mahlers Das Lied von der Erde.  Im Jahr 2010 gewann sie den 1. Preis der American Bach Society Competition, und 2012 war sie eine Preisträgerin des Internationalen Wettbewerb Kammeroper Schloss Reihnsberg. Sie wurde auch mit dem Fulbright Award, dem Ad Infinitum Stipendium und einem DAAD Stipendium ausgezeichnet. In der Saison 2015/16 singt sie mit dem Louisville Orchestra (Messias), dem Bethlehem Bach Choir (Johannes-Passion), dem Louisville Chamber Orchestra (Elias), dem Concerto Brandenburg (Membra Jesu Nostri) und der Neuen Philharmonie Westfalen (Dream of Gerontius). Sie Ein weiterer wichtiger Impuls für ihre künstlerische Entwicklung ist auch die Einladung zu einer Künstlerresidenz mit Malcolm Martineau in Crear (Schottland).
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer Mary 1 week Wagner-Verband Leipzig 2016
Wagner: Parsifal Second group of flowermaiden, third voice 1 week Staatstheater Braunschweig und Staatsorchester Braunschweig 2013
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Dritte Dame (Third Lady) Staatstheater Braunschweig und Staatsorchester Braunschweig 2013
Strauss, J.: Der Zigeunerbaron Mirabella 1 week Kammeroper Schloß Rheinsberg 2013
Janáček : The Cunning Little Vixen Grasshopper Child 1 week Oper Leipzig und Gewandhausorchester 2012

Awards

Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg
2016
American Bach Society 1st Prize
2016