Cuban soprano Laura León is quickly becoming a rising star on the operatic stages with a voice that “sparkles, seduces and languishes.”
Laura migrated from Cuba at the age of 17 and has since then, forged a career as an Opera Singer where she strives to exalt hispanic repertoire. A high coloratura soprano, her favorite roles to sing are those of stratospheric high notes and engaging acting. León has been recognized as one of the few sopranos in the world to sing the roles of all the Heroines in The Tales of Hoffmann in two separate ocassions, once as her profesional debut with Opera Orlando and the last time in 2022 with Opera Louisiane.
Last season, Laura performed as Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Opera in Williamsburg, Cristina Kahlo in Frida with both El Paso Opera and Opera Southwest, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with On Site Opera, Giulietta/Antonia/Stella/Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Opera Lousiane, Mozart’s Mass in C and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with Mid-America Productions at Carnegie Hall. This season, León will join the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the world premiere of The Factotum, and perform the role of Ana Maria in Héctor Armienta’s Zorro with Opera Southwest.
Most recently, Ms. León performed the role of Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with Opera in Williamsburg, Susanna in Figaro 90210! with Chautauqua Opera, the Four Heroines in Les Contes d‘Hoffmann with Opera Orlando, Norina in Don Pasquale with Gulf Shore Opera, and Amore in Orfeo ed Eurydice with Opera in Williamsburg. This season she will perform Cristina Kahlo in Frida with both El Paso Opera and Opera Southwest, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with On Site Opera, and the Heroines in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Opera Delaware. Next season’s engagements include returns to Opera Southwest for the cuban Opera Before Night Falls by Jorge Martin where she will play the role of "The moon" and her debut in "El sueño de Frida y Diego" with Opera Omaha in the role of "La Catrina".
Previous operatic engagements have also included Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Lousiane, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxoswith Opera Fusion, Lucia in excerpts from Lucia di Lammermoor with Magic City Opera, La Princesse Laoula in Chabrier’s L’étoile, Marguerita Fiorentino in Weill’s Street Scene, Musetta in La bohème, and Lola in Dueling Divas. Laura’s musical theater credits include Maria in West Side Story, Lady Larken in Once Upon a Mattress, Woman 1 in I Love You, and Lulu in Cabaret.
On the concert stages, Laura has performed as a soloist in Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Egmont, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Missa Solemnis, Rutter’s Requiem, Al Borde de la Esperanza by Julián Brijaldo, and in the Ernesto Lecuona International Festival with Alba Productions.
Laura was a recent Jensen Foundation Competition finalist 2019 and 2018, Giulio Gary Competition Finalist 2019, 2nd place Winner in the Deborah Voigt Rising Stars Competition with Vero Beach Opera, 1st place winner of the Metropolitan National Council Competition for the District of Florida 2018, she won 2nd place in the St. Petersburg Opera Competition 2019 and 2018 and 1st place in the NSAL district competition 2018. She also won 1st place in the Zarzuela de las Americas Competition 2015, and 1st place Concerto Competition at Florida International University 2015.
Laura has a Masters of Music in Voice Performance from Florida International University, a Bachelor of Arts in Voice Performance from Nyack College, and an Associate in Arts in Music Education from Miami Dade College.
Updated September 1, 2022