Praised by The New York Times for her, “flexible voice, crystalline diction, and warm presence,” soprano Laura Strickling has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Ravinia Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Berkshire Choral International, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Trinity Church on Wall Street, Washington National Cathedral, Galapagos Art Space, Opera America Center, Dankhaus Chicago, and the inaugural season of Liederfest in Suzhou, China. A devoted recitalist, she is on the artist roster of the Brooklyn Art Song Society and Vox 3 Collective, and has appeared with Joy in Singing, Trinity Concerts at One, the Half Moon Music Festival, and SongFusion.
An alumna of the Berkshire Opera Company Resident Artist Program, Ms. Strickling’s operatic roles include Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Mimi (La boheme), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Micaëla (Carmen), and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte).
Her past concert performances include Messiah (Handel), Requiem (Brahms), Luonnotar (Sibelius), Ninth Symphony (Beethoven), Les Illuminations (Britten), Requiem (Mozart), Gloria (Vivaldi), Lord Nelson Mass (Haydn), the U.S. premiere of selections from Canti di Pesoa (Riccardi), and the world premieres of Bernard Rands’ Folk Songs and Glen Roven’s The Vineyard Songs and Six Ancient Chinese Songs. Her performance of Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Exsultate Jubilate with the Cathedral Choral Society in Washington, DC was broadcast by classical radio station WETA.
Her competition honors include First Prize and “Audience Favorite” prize in the 2015 Rochester Oratorio Society's Classical Idol Competition, First Prize and the “Franz Liszt Prize” in the 2013 Liszt-Garrison International Competition, as well as prizes and honors in the Positively Poulenc! Competition, the Schubert Club Competition, the Liederkranz Competition, the Washington International Competition, the Joy in Singing Competition.
A Chicago native, Laura Strickling is an avid traveler, having lived in Fez, Morocco, where she studied classical Arabic, and Kabul, Afghanistan, where her husband was the chair of the Department of Law at the American University of Afghanistan. She currently resides in New York City and St. Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands. For further information, visit www.laurastrickling.com.
Photo: Cooper Bates