Laura McCauley, Uzbek-American Soprano, has been hailed for her “gleaming” voice and “explosive presentation” (Ken Herman, San Diego Story). Laura was a winner in the Metropolitan Opera Laffont District Competition for 2022-St. Louis and 2018-Arizona, and was awarded the Encouragement Award in 2019 and 2017. She was also a finalist in Tri-Cities Next Online Vocal Competition in 2020.
For the 2022-23 season, Laura will be a Baumgartner Studio Artist with The Florentine Opera. Laura has sung with Arizona Opera’s OPERAtunity as the Stepsister and Fairy Godmother in their production of Cinderella as well as their Opera 101 program. As a Young Artist with Seagle Festival, Laura sang her first Mimi in La Bohème in 2021. As a Studio Artist with Opera Neo, she sang the role of Satirino in La Calisto in 2018. While living in Chicago, her most recent home base, Laura sang in the American premier of Die Kathrin with Folks Operetta, as Sister Margaretta in the MIOpera production of The Sound of Music, and with Opera Festival of Chicago in Il Corsaro.
Laura’s previous roles include Tiresias (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), the title role in Semele, and scenes as Gilda (Rigoletto), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Norina (Don Pasquale), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito) and Baroness (Der Wildschütz).
Additional scenes include Bess McNeil in Breaking the Waves, Hitler in World Leaders, Chorus in Bully Pulpit, and Chorus in Billy Blithe. Laura has also played Susanna in the 2018 Graduate Collaborative Recital of Act Two of Le Nozze Di Figaro.
Laura previously studied with Carol McAmis at Ithaca College and studied under Carole FitzPatrick at Arizona State University.