Praised in the Baltimore Sun for her “impressive voice”, Laura Whittenberger is a versatile singer and theater performer. This season she's appeared in Camelot (Nimue), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), Hair, and The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel) in Philadelphia/NJ. Last season she performed as Olympia/Blue Lady in Pinocchio as a Young Artist with Cedar Rapids Opera (IA), and made her NYC recital debut at the American Irish Historical Society, singing selections from Never Give All the Heart, a new album set to the poetry of W.B. Yeats. She's currently recording a sequel to that album, and will create the role of Angelique in The Return of the Phantom in NJ in fall 2017.
Highlights from recent seasons have included Beauty in Giannini’s Beauty and the Beast with Lyric Opera Baltimore, Rose in Ruddigore (ME), Johanna in Sweeney Todd (MD), Peggy in the premiere of Revolutionary Gentleman (DC), Meggie in the premiere of Catch a Dream (DC), Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins (TN), and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (MD), for which she was nominated for Broadway World’s “Best Actress in a Musical” award for the Baltimore region.
Laura made her Baltimore debut as the title role in Lakmé with Peabody Opera Theatre. She has also performed as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Anna (The King and I), and Adele (Die Fledermaus) in DC area festivals. Other roles have included Constance in Dialogues des Carmelites, Oscar in Un ballo in Maschera, and Elsie in The Yeomen of the Guard, in which she “danced her role with grace and style” (Washington Post). She also reprised Adele in Die Fledermaus with the Bel Cantanti Opera Company at DC’s Singapore Embassy.
In concert, Laura has performed soprano solos in the Messiah, Carmina Burana, and Haydn’s Kleine Orgelmesse, among others. Last season she performed as part of a chamber music trio with Baltimore's Symphony Number One, debuting contemporary works alongside Schubert's beloved Der Hirt auf dem Felsen. This June, she performed opera and musical theater selections as a soloist for Annapolis Opera's "Opera in the Park". In past seasons she has joined the Columbia Pro Cantare as a soloist for Mozart’s Regina Coeli (K127) and Rutter’s Requiem, and as a soloist for their Czech music concert this spring.
Maryland local theater credits have included Julie (Carousel), Rose (Meet Me in St. Louis), Lily (The Secret Garden), and Meg (Little Women), among others. For her role in Little Women, Laura was nominated for a Readers’ Choice Award for “Best Supporting Actress in a Musical” by DC Metro Theater Arts, who described her voice as “almost ethereal in beauty and stunning to hear”. An active outreach performer, Laura regularly sings solo recitals for local events.
Laura earned her Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory in the studio of Dr. Stanley Cornett, where she held a full-tuition assistantship for her work with Peabody’s ESL and Opera departments. At Peabody, she was awarded as an Outstanding Voice Student and co-directed “13 Roses: An Evening at the Opera”. She also taught an ESL class and led several workshops, including a seminar for the Road Scholars Program on “crossover” singers. Laura holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Voice from Indiana University, where she studied with Carlos Montané.