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OperaWire Scarlet Letter mention

From OperaWire:

“Laura Claycomb and Dominic Armstrong star in Naxos’ new version of Lori Laitman’s “The Scarlett Letter.” The work, which first premiered in 2008, is heard in this new release in its revised 2015-16 edition.  For lovers of modern music, this is an intriguing new recording that must be experienced.”

Baby!!

Laura and her husband are happy to announce the birth of their son, Giorgio!  Laura and baby are doing well, and Laura will resume singing in October with a benefit concert for cancer with Le Concert D’Astrée and Emmanuelle Haim at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, followed by concerts with the LSO and LA Phil in November.

Baby!  

Laura is elated to announce that she and her husband are expecting a child in June.  Laura has canceled all engagements since December to enjoy her pregnancy and the preparatory time for this happy event!  She will resume singing with concerts in October and November.

Der Vampyr – Genève

Check out the trailer for our show, Der Vampyr here in Geneva, Switzerland, opening November 19 and running until November 29, 2016! https://www.geneveopera.ch/en/programmation/saison-16-17/der-vampyr/

Midsummer Night’s Dream – BEIJING!

Laura has been in Beijing, China for Robert Carsen’s production of Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Aix-en-Provence Festival.  Jonathan Darlington conducts.  Shows are on October 15 and 16, 2016.  Check out Laura’s Engagements page for details.

Fellow cast members:

Rupert Charlesworth, Marcus Farnsworth,  Kirsten Mackinnon, Kitty Whately, Andrew Shore, Michael Slattery, Christopher Gillett, Simon Butteriss, Brian Bannatyne-Scott, Gidon Saks
Larry Zazzo, Miltos Yerolemou
Trinity Boys Choir

Robert Carsen, director; Jonathan Darlington, conductor; Emmanuelle Bastet, Assistant director; Emmanuel Calef, assistant conductor

Turin RAI Radio Orchestra Bernstein Kaddish

Laura sang Leonard Bernstein’s 3rd Symphony “Kaddish” with the National Radio Orchestra in Turin (RAI) on March 24-25 at 8:30pm GMT+1 with conductor John Axelrod. It was also broadcast live on the radio on Radio 3 in Italy and at http://www.orchestrasinfonica.rai.it/.

The Scarlet Letter

Laura sings the protagonist Hester Prynne, the wearer of The Scarlet Letter, in the world premiere of the Lori Laitman opera of the same name at Opera Colorado. Shows are May 7, 10, 13 and 15, 2016.

Simulcast is on May 7, 2016 at 7pm Mountain Time on Colorado Public Radio – Click on “Classical” in the player to listen online.

For more information, click here –> http://my.operacolorado.org/single/psDetail.aspx?psn=21

La Reina in New York

Laura performed performing La Santa Muerte in Jorge Sosa’s new opera La Reina in a workshop at American Lyric Theater in New York, with a public hearing of the piece on January 17th, 2016.
For more information, click here –
http://altnyc.org/new-operas-for-new-audiences/la-reina/

Teatro Regio – Carmina Burana

Laura sang in a staged version of Orff’s Carmina Burana at Turin’s Teatro Regio, on December 17, 18, 19, 20, and 22, 2015. Mietta Corli’s production was a huge success for sold-out halls for almost all the shows!

For more info, click here –> http://www.teatroregio.torino.it/node/5263/locandina

SFSO Brentano Lieder – Broadcast: Dec1, 20h GMT-8

Listen to the re-broadcast of Laura singing the Brentano Lieder on December 1, at 8pm US Pacific time (December 2, 4am GMT) with the San Francisco Symphony.  Join us for Strauss and Schumann!

http://www.kdfc.com/pages/15764589.php

Buy Open Your Heart – Laura’s first solo album!

Buy Laura’s first solo album, with guitarist Marc Teicholz!  The cd is available on label Delos’ website directly or you can download it on iTunes, as well.

Enjoy and spread the news!

If you’re having problems, here are some more links:
U.S.: http://apple.co/1jv9JvS
US: Amazon.com (for some reason, showing that they’re out of stock already!)
Russia: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/ru/album/open-your-heart/id1048706531?mt=1
France: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/fr/album/open-your-heart/id1048706531?mt=1
UK: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/gb/album/open-your-heart/id1048706531?mt=1
Italy: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/it/album/open-your-heart/id1048706531?mt=1
Belgium: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/be/album/open-your-heart/id1048706531?mt=1
Norway: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/no/album/open-your-heart/id1048706531?mt=1

Streaming – Hamlet in streaming

Our Hamlet at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow was broadcast online Tuesday, October 6, 2015 and remains in their online archive, if you’d still like to watch:

http://meloman.ru/concert/ambruaz-toma-gamlet-opera-v-koncertnom-ispolnenii/?

Enjoy and share the link with your friends!

 

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (Svetlanov Orchestra)
Sveshnikov State Academic Russian Choir
Conductor – Benjamin Pionnier (France)

Igor Golovatenko (baritone), Laura Claycomb (soprano, USA), Rafal Shivek (bass, Poland), Doris Lamprecht (mezzo-soprano, Austria), Alexey Neklyudov (tenor), Dmitry Skorikov (bass), Igor Morozov (tenor), Alexander Miminoshvilli (bass-baritone), Dmitry Orlov (bass), Timofey Dubovitsky (tenor), Igor Podoplelov (baritone)

Candide in Florence

FullSizeRenderLaura just finished shows in Florence, as Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide with Bernstein protegé John Axelrod conducting.

With a starry cast including the “Old Woman” of Anja Silje, The Captain/The Governor/Vanderdendur/Crook of the inestimable Chris Merritt, the Voltaire of famous Italian actress Lella Costa, the Candide of Keith Jameson, Dr. Pangloss/Martin of Richard Suart, and Maximilian of the talented Gary Griffiths.  133 Actors, singers, dancers and extras are involved in this new production by Francisco Micheli.

Shows are:

Saturday 23 May,  20:30
Friday 29 May,  20:30
Sunday 31 May,  15:30
Wednesday 3 June, 20:30

For more information, check out the site of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Haydn Creation with Mehta

Laura was pleased to jump in for an ailing colleague in Haydn’s Die Schoepfung with the great Zubin Mehta while in rehearsals for Candide at the Maggio Musicale in Florence.

With just a half-day’s notice, she was able to jog her memory for the two-hour long piece which she sang last many moons ago at the Spoleto Festival with the late Richard Hickox.

Carnegie Hall Bel Canto Concert

Laura sang on March 18 for the highlight of Joyce DiDonato’s Perspectives series in this celebration of music from the bel canto era. Curated by the mezzo-soprano, this evening of arias, ensembles, and orchestral selections ranges from Rossini and Bellini to surprising gems by lesser-known composers of the time. Joining The Philadelphia Orchestra is a lineup of well-known bel canto stars: soprano Laura Claycomb, tenor Lawrence Brownlee, and conductor Maurizio Benini.

For tickets, check out the Carnegie website:

http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2015/3/18/0800/PM/The-Philadelphia-Orchestra/?s=lgPromo1

New Orleans Opera LUCIA

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Laura makes a turn as Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at New Orleans Opera, with only two dates – March 13 and 15, 2015. Joining Laura in a new Loren Meeker production is the talented cast of William Burden, Michael Chioldi, Jordan Bisch, Casey Candebat, Lisa LaFleur and Tyler Smith.

For more information, click here –
http://neworleansopera.org/2014-2015-season/lucia-di-lammermoor/

To order tickets, click here –
https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/NOO/

New Agents!

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Laura is happy to announce that she is now working with Ana de Archuleta at ADA Artists Management in New York for the Americas and with General Manager Federico Tondelli at Prima Fila Arists in Munich for Europe.

For more information, check out their websites:

ADA Artists

Prima Fila Artists

Bellini – La Sonnambula (Amina) in Moscow 2014

doc1Laura reprises the title role in October 2014 in the Pier Luigi Pizzi production of La Sonnambula she originated last year at the Bolshoi in Moscow and reprised this Spring.

Click here to watch the duet in dress rehearsal from the Bolshoi! 

Ariadne auf Naxos DVD/Blue-Ray

ariadne_3Laura is thrilled to announce the release of the DVD and Blue-Ray video of her performance of Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos at the Glyndebourne Festival last summer (2013.)

For more information and to buy the recording on Glydnebourne’s site, click here!

Bregenz Magic Flute

P1140936 Laura again sang the Queen of the Night in the Bregenz Festival’s spectacular Die Zauberflöte this summer 2014. Her shows were July 26, August 1, 5, 8, 12, 14, 16, 20 and 22, 2014. Bregenzer Festspiele

L’Opéra de Lille – Orfeo 2014

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In the first half, Jean-François Sivadier was the referee in the ring where Le Concert D’Astrée and Ensemble Ictus will wage battle, the Ancients versus the Moderns: who is the most worthy for his art? You cannot forget the Past, the first contenders argue; you have no right to scorn the Present, the others retort – and the ensembles face off valiantly to the blows of masterpieces.

In the second half, with the premiere of a short opera by Helmut Oehring, ORFEO 2014, the two ensembles bury the hatchet and come together to serve a dream team of singers. The founding work from which the opera derives its plot, Monteverdi’s Orfeo, here will be mixed by the impertinent Berlin composer with an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness – a dive into the colonial disaster that inspired Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. Straight to Hell, with this hallucinatory game that morphs between the Baroque and the contemporary.  Shows 18th and 19th of June, 2014

Pitié opens Festival de Wallonie

Cassol PitiéLaura opens the Festival de Wallonie – Festival de Wallonie, reprising her part as Mother Mary in Fabrizio Cassol’s rethought musical version of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Pitié.  The concert features musicians that took the 2006-7 tour of the piece all over the world with Laura, and singers Serge Kakudji and Maribeth Diggle.

Buy the record here at Cypres Records

Carmina Burana with Ryan McAdams in Israel

Laura Claycomb - photo by Sergio Valente Click on photo to download high-res .tiff file from DROPBOX

Laura joined Ryan McAdams, filling in for Spanish Maestro Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, in Israel with the Israeli Philharmonic for a series of 11 performances of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.  Although a seemingly strange choice for the Israelis to program this piece by a man who, by most accounts, was at best just an “accommodator” of the Third Reich, and the piece itself was used to show Nazi power in Germany.   But it seems the infectious rhythms and the joining of the voices in the choirs in songs both bawdy and folksy, have an undeniable pull, and one man’s duplicity can be forgiven for creating a piece that is both raucous and rapturous.

Here is another article on Carl Orff and his war-time activities.

Bergen – Tsarina of Shemakhan

10169438_10203354959173719_688723589_nLaura just finished a triumphant run at Bergen Nasjonale Opera in her role debut as the Tsarina of Shemakha in Rimsky Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel.  It is a new production by Mark Lamos, with choreography by Seán Curran, and gorgeous costumes and sets by George Souglides.  Musical director of St. Petersburg Mikhailovsky Theater, Maestro Mikhail Tatarnikov conducted.

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Watch the Ariadne Trailer

Watch the Ariadne auf Naxos trailer.

Ariadne broadcast on demand

A video of the performance of Ariadne auf Naxos at Glyndebourne Festival will remain on the Glyndebourne site on demand for the entire festival season (all summer), so ENJOY!  It was broadcast online and in UK movie theaters on June 4th, 2013. The show  To view the performance online, check out details here: http://glyndebourne.com/production/ariadne-auf-naxos#group-watch-online

Glyndebourne Debut – Zerbinetta

Laura is excited to be performing Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos at the opening of this summer’s Glyndebourne Festival in England, in a new Katharina Thoma production.

Conducted by music director Vladimir Jurowsky, shows will be May 18, 22, 25, 30, and June 2, 4, 7, 13, 16, 20 and 23, 2013.
The cast is headed up by Soile Isokoski, Sir Thomas Allen, Kate Lindsey, Sergey Skorokhodov, Dmitri Vargin, James Kryshak, Torben Jürgens, Andrew Stenson, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Guy de Mey, Ana Maria Labin, Adriana Di Paola, Gabriela Iştoc, William Relton, Frederick Long, Michael Wallace, Stuart Jackson, and will be played with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.  The production takes place in 1940 England, in the midst of bombardment.  It promises to be a fascinating evening at the opera!

The show will be seen in a live broadcast  in cinemas all over the British Isles, and will be streamed online, all on June 4, 2013.

For more information, stay tuned to the Glyndebourne Festival’s website.

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Laura joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Lionel Bringuier at their Disney Concert Hall to  celebrate Lutosławski with “Chantefleurs et Chantefables.”

Dallas Opera Maria Callas Award

Laura ClaycombThe Dallas Opera Names Soprano Laura Claycomb ­ Star of Recent Rigoletto ­ as “Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year.”

La Sonnambula (Amina) – Bolshoi

Laura recently debuted the title role of Amina in Bellini’s La Sonnambula at the Bolshoi Opera in Moscow in March, 2013 in a new Pier Luigi Pizzi production.

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