Soprano Laura Wilde is featured in the ESO’s season finale concerts April 30 & May 1
Apr 21, 2016 09:57AM
● By Neighbors Magazines
Soprano Laura Wilde, a member of the Chicago Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center, is featured in the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s (ESO) season finale concerts April 30 and May 1, performing in Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, led by Music Director Andrew Grams. The ESO was recently named the 2016 Illinois Orchestra of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. Concerts are Saturday, April 30 at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 1 at 2:30pm at the Hemmens Cultural Center. For tickets, which start at $30, see Elgin Symphony.Org or call 847-888-4000. Saturday night concertgoers are invited after the performance to attend “Mingle with the Musicians” at the Elgin Public House.
Soprano Laura Wilde is a third-year Ryan Opera Center member from Watertown, South Dakota. She was formerly a Marion Roose Pullin Artist in Residence with Arizona Opera for two seasons, where she appeared in productions of Le nozze di Figaro, Roméo et Juliette, Lucia di Lammermoor, Faust, and Cavalleria rusticana (debut). Wilde has also participated in the young-artist programs of The Santa Fe Opera (Deaconess/King Roger) and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (Omar/John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer, Mrs. Segstrom/A Little Night Music). A former Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions semi-finalist, in 2015 Wilde received the Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Award from the Musicians Club of Women and the Eleanor Pearce Sherwin Award from American Opera Society of Chicago. She is an alumna of Indiana University (Little Women, L’italiana in Algeri, Cendrillon) and St. Olaf College. At Lyric Opera of Chicago she has appeared in Madama Butterfly (debut), Parsifal, The Family Barber, and The Magic Victrola. During the Lyric 2015-16 season Wilde performed in Le nozze di Figaro, Nabucco, and Der Rosenkavalier. She will make her European debut in the summer of 2016 as the title role in Janáček’s Jenůfa at the English National Opera.