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Flora and the Prince: Skye Crossing
Flora and the Prince” is an opera which I was invited to write for a music festival at Carnegie Hall in New York.Flora and the Prince: a sumptuous oratorio featuring international soprano star Laura Pedersen and sensational Welsh baritone Phil Gault, composed and conducted by Graham Robb with words by Jim Stewart.

Graham Robb / St. Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee, by Dundee University Chamber Choir

Music Spotlight Series “Meet Laura and Calvin

Jim Donovan / NBC WKYC , Channel 3 Cleveland

Music Spotlight Series I Harp and Heels – “See the Possible – Beyond Your Dreams”

Local artists Laura Pedersen and Calvin Stokes Jr. of “Harp and Heels” discuss the inspiration behind their original song “See the Possible – Beyond Your Dreams”

See the Possible / NBC WKYC , Channel 3 Cleveland

Laura Pedersen Prayer

Laura Pedersen contributes to a powerful fundraiser….

Laura Pedersen Prayer

QuickenLoans Arena / Cleveland, Ohio

Treasures of Cleveland, Featuring Musical Treasures Laura Pedersen, Soprano and Calvin Stokes, Harpist

Laura’s hidden talent veiled no more, as her voice has been hailed internationally as an exciting lyric soprano and she has to her credit solo performances at Carnegie Hall as well as leading roles in such beloved operas as Romeo and Juliette, La Traviata, La Boheme and Tosca, among many others….

by Cynthia Marek Lundeen / Treasures of Cleveland, Erie Chinese Journal

Laura Pedersen joins BlueWater Orchestra in Barber’s dreamy rhapsody with the nostalgic text by James Agee

Cleveland soprano Laura Pedersen joins BlueWater in Barber’s dreamy rhapsody with the nostalgic text by James Agee. Daniel Meyer, Artistic Director of the Erie Philharmonic, conducts Ravel’s orchestral suite with its impeccably detailed instrumental colors..

BlueWater Orchestra, Cleveland,OH

BlueWater Chamber Orchestra presents “Lush Autumn Musings”

The BlueWater Chamber Orchestra is now in its 8th season, and last November, they presented a program called “Lush Autumn Musings” at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights. Guest conductor Daniel Meyer led a program of works by Ravel, Barber, and Schubert. At intermission, WCLV’s Angela Mitchell speaks with soprano Laura Pedersen ?

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Laura Pedersen and Angela Mitchell / IdeaStream Radio.com

Conductor Daniel Meyer and soprano Laura Pedersen join BlueWater for “Lush Autumn Musings

Laura Pedersen was featured in Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a setting of a wistful prose poem by James Agee.The soprano sang with a uniformly beautiful tone ?

Jarrett Hoffman / ClevelandCalssical.com

June 23 & 25, 2017 Laura Pedersen in Giacomo Pucinni’s Gianni Schicchi & Il Tabarro

In her latest appearance with Opera Project Columbus, however, Pedersen will be able to focus just on hitting the high notes. This weekend — joined by 18 fellow singers, nine chorus members and a 40-piece orchestra made up mostly of area musicians — the soprano will be featured in a program of pieces by Giacomo Puccini.

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Peter Tonguette / For The Columbus Dispatch, The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, OH

Harp and Heels in Cleveland Rocking BOB STOP Opera Theater
A Fusion of Opera, Jazz, Country, Broadway & Pop with Harp and Heels – 03/18/2017

Harp and Heels Cleveland

Opera Theater Cleveland.org, BOB STOP, Cleveland, OH

Harp and Heels Guest Artist Recital at Indiana University
IPFW Department of Music – Harp and Heels – 09/14/2016

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IPFW Department of Music, College TV Fort Wayne

MAHLER 2 IN LOS ANGELES, Fresno, California
Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Roosevelt School of the Arts

Fresno June 2016

Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy, FOOSA Philharmonic

Santuzza in Cavelleria Rusticana, Fresno, California

Fresno Cvelleria Rusticana 2013

Donald Munro, FresnoBeehive

Laura Pedersen as Flora
“FLORA and the PRINCE” in Scotland

Flora & The Prince Press Release  1 Flora & The Prince Press Release  2 Richard Burdge, The Courier.co.uk

Flora Recording in Scotland

FLORA and the PRINCE 2013

Laura Pedersen Home Town Hero, Cleveland, Ohio

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The Merry Widow in Wilmington, Iowa

Pedersen: Thrill of the high B.

Fortunately, Laura Pederson and Daniel Neer as the romantic leads were convincing actors who kept the audience involved in their travails. Sniping at each other to hide their deeper feelings, they recalled Alfred Drake and Patricia Morison in Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate. Read the whole article Steve Cohen, Broad Street Review

Laura Pedersen in Tosca, Panama City Opera

Panama Opera Puccini - Tosca,  2012

Panama Opera, Puccini – Tosca

At one of the performances of Puccini’s Tosca, the cast was graced with a regal audience. The First Lady, Marta Linares de Martinelli, the Foreign Minister, Roberto Henriquez and the Deputy Minister of Education, Mirna de Crespo, were present at the function, held at the National Theatre. The Opera Panama Foundation presented Panama City, Panama, on the 24, 25 and 26 of May, the opera Tosca by Puccini, in which national and international singers from the U.S., Britain and Israel were a part. An invitation of the First Lady, Gobierno Nacional Republica De Panama

Bonnie Prince Charlie in Scotland, Europe, the US, and Central America.

Graham RobbA Perthshire composer, Graham Robb from Birnam, has won acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic with his romantic opera about Bonnie Prince Charlie.
“In this recording, the role of Flora will be performed by the soaring American soprano Laura Pedersen, who movingly created the role for the New York premiere,”
said Graham. Richard Burdge, The Courier.co.uk
The Courier.co.uk

La Boheme with Opera Cleveland

Musetta was well sung by Laura Z. Pedersen, whose looks fit the Musetta profile to a T. Her voice was brilliant enough for the Café Momus scene, yet just weighty enough to bring her prayer to life. She seemed clearly in love with Michael Todd Simpson, a lyric baritone whose vibrant voice matched his virile good looks. Their acting, too, was most believable. Alan Montgomery, Opera News

as THE MERRY WIDOW in _The Merry Widow_

Laura Pedersen brings a gleaming, richly textured soprano and a no nonsense manner to the title role George Loomis, The New York Sun

New York based soprano Laura Pedersen had just the right combination of magnetic charm, wit and humor to carry off the role with panache. Blond, slender and bejeweled, she looked smashing in her several elegantly designed gowns and jauntily feathered hats.

Most important, she sang with rich-voiced artistry and superb control and in passages of spoken dialogue, she almost always managed not to sound like an opera singer trying to act. Anna Crebo, Cape Cod Times

as SUSANNAH in Susannah

Laura Pedersen convincingly conveys Susannah’s transformation from spirited and unspoiled to hurt and weary, little comprehending what she might have done to offend, and, finally, to bitter and vindictive when wronged. In the rhapsodic ‘Ain’t it a Pretty Night?’ Pedersen displays a lush high lyric soprano while gazing at the starry sky. She is the picture of innocence violated, clutching a teddy bear, as she sings her sad ballad of the ‘false-hearted lover,’ ‘The Trees on the Mountains are Cold and Bare,’ and rounds out her distinguished effort with a full-throated prayer, ‘O Lord, I never meant him to do it!’ when her brother seeks out her nemesis, shotgun in hand. Bruce-Michael Gelbert, Theatre Scene NY

The National Lyric Opera could not have chosen a more physically appropriate soprano for the title role than Laura Pedersen…Her blond prettiness and naive seductiveness would have set her apart from the grim congregation even if she had never sung a note. Thankfully her voice was stunning…” Frank Magiera, Worcester Telegram & Gazette News

Compelling: Laura Pedersen…

This Tennessee valley was a gloomy place, brightened only by Susan Roth’s lighting, and by Susannah herself, as played by the comely and ebullient blond soprano, Laura Pedersen. No wonder the Elders were disturbed when she dropped her towel to bathe in the stream (upstage behind a scrim) and bared all. Anything that pretty had to be bad, and this production sharply emphasized Susannah’s isolation from the community. Heidi Waleson, Opera Now

as SOPRANO SOLOIST in Verdi Requiem

It was a dual homecoming of sorts Saturday night at the Orpheum Theatre. On stage was Laura Pedersen, back to her native Sioux City, singing the soprano solos. At the podium was Xian Zhang,

…Pedersen showed her home town just how far she’s come since her North High days. Blessed with a lyrical voice displaying brilliance and depth, Pedersen hit high C’s with such preciseness, one had to glance at the Orpheum chandeliers to see if they might shatter. Joanne Fox, Sioux City Journal

as DONNA ELVIRA in Don Giovanni

the young soprano reigned supreme (as Donna Elvira) Opern Welt

…thrilling, enrapturing… Der Standard


Friday’s concert was billed as ‘Boheme to Phantom: The Music of Puccini and Andrew Lloyd Weber.’ And it was with a pair of fine young guest artists to do the vocal honors, soprano Laura Pedersen and tenor Jon Christos, both making their Pops debut. Both singers entertained beautifully…Pedersen showed herself quite the ingénue in ‘Mi chiamano Mimi’ from Puccini’s ‘La Boheme,’ which she filled with considerable expression and sweetness of tone. Her ‘Un bel di’ from ‘Madame Butterfly’ connected similarly, as did ‘Think of Me’ from Lloyd Weber’s ‘Phantom of the Opera. Mary Ellyn Hutton, Cincinnati Post

…soprano Laura Pedersen, has the sure stage presence and interpretive skills of a seasoned operatic performer. She sang a touching ‘Un bel di’ from Puccini’s ‘Madame Butterfly,’…and won listeners over with the purity and grace of her ‘Think of Me’
from ‘Phantom of the Opera.’ Ray Cooklis, Cincinnati Enquirer

as VIOLETTA in La Traviata

…Laura Pedersen, a soprano who has been singing in Germany, …made an impressive local debut as Violetta. Her voice projected strongly with good pitch, clear diction and lovely intonation, weather in a bouncy “Sempre Libera” sung when Violetta seems to have her whole life ahead of her, or in final scenes when even the joy of seeing Alfredo again can’t revive her. Whitney Smith, Indianapolis Star

Laura Pedersen make her debut with the company a memorable one as she sang and acted the difficult leading role of Violetta superbly. Violetta commands the stage, and it’s definitely her show. Pedersen ably presented a strong-willed Violetta and won the
audience easily with her performance. Charles Epstein, The Jewish Post

Making her IO debut, soprano Laura Pedersen sang a well-burnished Violetta… She dominated all four acts, but especially defined herself in the familiar “Sempre Libera,” which closes Act I. Tom Aldridge, Nuvo

Laura Pedersen made her Indianapolis debut as Violetta. Attractively slim in the first act, with a touch of white on her face she was believably consumptive in the final act. And she sang like an angel, whether standing, sitting on the floor, or dying on a couch. Bill Liston NPR, Indiana Public Radio

…Laura Pedersen, a soprano with a focused glowing voice, was vibrant as Violetta. Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer

as DONNA ELVIRA in Don Giovanni

The strongest aspects of the performance came from a few individuals in the cast, beginning with Laura Pedersen, who was making her Cleveland Opera debut as Donna Elvira. Pedersen made a strong case for this woman as an intelligent but emotionally mixed character, offering an attractive soprano voice along with a complex and moving characterization. Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Appearing as principal guests in the cast were… and the delightful, acting American Laura Pedersen as Donna Elvira. Salzburger Nachrichten

The young American Laura Pedersen reigned supreme (as Donna Elvira) Opern Welt

as JULIETTE in Romeo et Juliette

Pedersen gave a dramatic interpretation blended with passion, humanity, intelligence, and depth. Whitney Smith, Indianapolis Star

…Pedersen was ideally suited for the title role, looking almost young enough to pass for a teenager…. Her clear soprano voice conveyed passion with conviction. Bill Liston, NPR, Indiana Public Radio

Pedersen’s Juliette was secure and often fearless, notably in the florid lines of Je veux vivre. Cleveland opera, The Plain Dealer, Donald Rosenberg

as GUEST ARTIST with the Blossom Festival Band, Cleveland Orchestra festival band

…soprano Laura Pedersen, whose main job in her Blossom debut was to sing “Ah, fors’e lui,” and “Sempre Libera” from Verdi’s “La Traviata”…..she dispatched Saturday with plenty of personality and vocal ease…. “…A very welcome Blossom introduction to a lively, charming singer.” Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer

…Laura Pedersen, an effervescent personality who sang with bright timbre and glittering coloratura…scored a hit performing Sousa’s “There’s a Merry Brown Thrush” in the flirtatious manner of a Gilbert and Sullivan heroine, striking sparks in a Spanish-flavored French aria by Bizet and showing off her high notes in Victor Herbert’s “Italian Street Song.” Wilma Salsbury, Cleveland Plain Dealer

… the night’s soloist was soprano Laura Pedersen, who’s bright, confident artistry
honored music by Copland, Bernstein, and Puccini. Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer


Pedersen’s ease vocally and assured stage presence theatrically is a refreshing counterpart to all the sorrows and sufferings. Weser Kurier

Laura Pedersen as Amor-vocally an excellent casting choice. Nordwest-Zeitung

Laura Pedersen, an ever-present Amor who facilitates plot progression, was also very convincing with her bright, clear voice Orpheus

Laura Pedersen as an androgynous figure in a suit coat and with angel-blonde hair, her shirt dangling out from under her vest, she guides Orpheus in a brazen tone through the escapades of awakening Eurydice from the dead, participating in the scene events with varying degrees of distance and involvement. Opern Welt

Laura Pedersen as Amor or Eros is more an impresario than deity, and convincing in every regard. Harke

Laura Pedersen, almost continually present on stage, endows Amor with her light flowing soprano…

The angel-blonde Laura Pedersen interpreted Eros in her effortless soprano. Nurnberger Nachrichten

as MARIA in West Side Story

Laura Pedersen’s childlike innocent portrayal of Maria rendered the horrendous events that followed all the more shocking. Her vocal performance was outstanding. Nordsee-Zeitung

Especially the female artists were convincing both dramatically and vocally, Laura Pedersen as an angelic Maria with her nave, pure soprano… Journal am Morgen, Radio Bremen

Equally convincing and well-cast as Maria was Laura Pedersen, who understands how to apply her beautiful soprano voice very imaginatively… Weser Kurier

The two lovers performed their roles very impressively: Laura Pedersen was able to combine fluctuating emotions and with a lovely, lyrical emphasis.