Photo:Dario Acosta

Laura Vlasak Nolen  
Mezzo soprano  
New England First Place Winner, 2005


Laura Vlasak Nolen received degrees from Texas Tech University and Indiana University and was an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe in the 2003 and 2004 seasons, appearing as Fanny in Richard Strauss’ Intermezzo. The mezzo made her professional debut as the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte at Cleveland Opera, a role which she later reprised in her debut with Dallas Opera. Other early engagements included Eustazio in Handel's Rinaldo with Berkshire Opera; the title role in Opera Theater of Connecticut's production of Giulio Cesare; and Enrichetta in I Puritani, Isaura in Tancredi, and Pierotto in Linda di Chamounixwith the Caramoor Festival. In the 2005/06 season Laura made her New York City Opera debut as Sélysette in Paul Dukas’ Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, returning the next season as Malcolm in La donna del lago and later joining the company in Carnegie Hall as Iras in Antony and Cleopatra.


In the 2007-08 season Laura made her Met debut as Waltraute in Die Walküre;  other roles at the Met have included Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffmann and Ines in Il Trovatore. She also sang Tisbe in La Cenerentola at Spoleto Festival USA and Teresa in La Sonnambula with Opera Orchestra of New York, appeared as Isabella in L'italiana in Algeri in gala concerts sponsored by UNESCO in Paris, France and New York City, and took on the title role of Giulio Cesare at Glimmerglass. With Wexford Festival Opera the mezzo has appeared as Dorotea in Carlo Pedrotti’s Tutti in maschera, Samira in The Ghosts of Versailles, and Ines in Maria Padilla, reprising the latter role with Opera Boston in 2011. She also joined Madison Opera as Dorabella in Così fan Tutte, Palm Beach Opera as Fenena in Nabucco, and Adalgisa in Norma with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. A few of Laura’s many appearances on the concert stage in both operatic and orchestral music have included the Second Maid in Elektra and “Messiah” with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Elgar’s “The Music Makers” with the Dallas Symphony, Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” with the New York Choral Society, Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion”at the Berkshire Choral Festival, and Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with the Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center. 


Laura won Encouragement Awards in the 2005 George London Foundation competition and the 2006 Sullivan Foundation competition, and was a finalist in the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation competition. She has participated in the Renata Scotto Opera Academy at both the Music Conservatory of Westchester and in Rome at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, and was honored by New York City Opera with the Richard F. Gold Career Grant.




Ms. Nolen is represented by John Anderson and Alexandra Bacon at Herbert Barrett Management. For more information, please visit her website.

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