Laurence Albert

Laurence Albert

Bass-Baritone

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Laurence Albert has sung an impressive repertoire of 50 operatic roles, and over 300 songs (in seven languages) internationally since his debut with the Detroit Opera in 1977.  Operatic performances in the United States and Europe, include roles for the Paris Opera Bastille, Oper Frankfurt, and the St. Louis Opera Theater. Laurence studied classical singing with Edward Zambara, Eva Likova, Wendell Whalum, Willis Patterson, and Ethel Maxwell.  He has studied interpretation with John Wustman, Gerard Souzay, Erik Werba, Hans Hotter, Walter Berry, and Brigitte Fassbender.  A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Laurence Albert was the first African-American to represent the Mid-South Region at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions held at the MET in April of 1981.  He is also a prizewinner of the Concours de Chant de Paris (Opera and Song), the International Concours Tryptique de Paris (Grand Prix - French Melodie).  He was twice awarded prizes by the Franz Schubert Institute of Austria (German Lieder). He holds degrees in Music Performance from both Morehouse College, and the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. Laurence Albert has gained remarkable critical acclaim while performing the bass-baritone repertoire in opera and oratorio under the direction of:  Sir Michael Tippett, Mung-Whun Chung, Robert Shaw, Leonard Slatkin, John Nelson, James Feddeck, Robert Moody, Gary Bertini, and Rudolf Werthen. Albert’s recordings include the historic Georges Enesco Oedipe recording featuring Jose Van Dam with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic - Lawrence Foster conducting; the premiere recording of Aubert Lemeland’s Laure, ou la Lettre au Cachet Rouge with the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie - Marc Tardue conducting; Handel’s Messiah with the Gioia Della Musica Praha conducted by Marc Brown; The K’dusha Symphony written and conducted by Abraham Kaplan featuring Roberta Peters; and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Orchestra of the Golden Age, conducted by Denis McCaldin.
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