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as SOLOIST with BLUEWATER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA in Beethoven’s “Ah, Perfido”

Ah, Perfido! Soprano Laura Pedersen was featured in Beethoven’s early concert work  “Ah, Perfido”. With a dramatic text taken from an opera about Achilles, the aria’s female protagonist both rages and laments through a multi-stage journey. Pedersen’s imposing vocalism and sense of character fitted the music beautifully. The lengthy recitative was impassioned, while the songful […]

Flora and the Prince Recording Interview

A 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 (Carnegie Hall) premire” said Graham. […]

Flora and the Prince: Skye Crossing

“”Flora and the Prince” is an opera which I was invited to write for a music festival to premier at Carnegie Hall in New York.” -Graham Robb 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.

Music Spotlight Series HARP AND HEELS interview and song “SEE THE POSSIBLE”

Music Spotlight Series. 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 the original song “See the Possible- Beyond Your Dreams”.  Music by Graham Robb, words by Laura and Calvin.   See the Possible NBC WKYC, Channel 3 Cleveland […]

Flora and the Prince

Flora and the Prince A 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 (Carnegie […]

Hometown Hero Fox 8

Laura Pedersen featured in Cleveland’s Hometown Hero Series.     

As SANTUZZA and NEDDA Fresno Opera Academy Concludes with Big Sound

As Santuzza and Nedda The Professionals: We’ve heard Scott Piper and Laura Pedersen in Fresno before in conjunction with Youth Orchestras of Fresno fund-raising concerts.  From the moment Pedersen walks on stage as the hapless Santuzza in “Cavelleria Rusticana,” she inhabits the role with a fierce, downtrodden dignity that projects the tragedy to come. Her […]

SOLOIST in KNOXVILLE: SUMMER OF 1915 RADIO LINK with BLUEWATER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Knoxville: Summer of 1915 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. Jarett Hofman, clevelandclassical.com Interview and Concert Link  BlueWater Chamber […]

BlueWater Chamber Orchestra Interview Knoxville: Summer of 1915

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.      

THE PRAYER- Scott Hamilton and Friends- Quicken Loans Arena

The Prayer performed for the opening of Scott Hamilton and Friends at Quicken Loans Arena. Laura Pedersen and MET tenor Carl Tanner   Click here for The Prayer Live 

As LEONORA in FIDELIO with Orchestra Miami: Beethoven on the Beach

Laura Pedersen with the Orchestra Miami for BEETHOVEN ON THE BEACH concerts  Orchestra Miami’s most popular annual event returns! Five chances in five locations to catch this amazing concert!  

Harp and Heels: Treasures of Cleveland

Treasures of Cleveland, Featuring Musical Treasures Laura Pedersen, Soprano and Calvin Stokes, Jr., 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 […]

Harp and Heels in Cleveland Rocking the BOP STOP for Cleveland Opera Theater

Harp and Heels in Cleveland Rocking the Bop Stop Opera Theater A fusion of Opera, Jazz, Country, Broadway, & POP with Harp and Heels- 03/18/2017  

Harp and Heels Guest Artist Recital and Master Class at Indiana University

Harp and Heels Guest Artist Recital and Master Class at Indiana University  IPFW Department of Music – Harp and Heels  

As GEORGETTA Giacomo Puccini’s IL TABARRO

June 23 & 25, Laura Pedersen as Georgetta in Giacomo Puccini’s Il Tabarro In her latest appearance with Opera Project Columbus, Pedersen will be hitting high notes featured as Georgetta in Il Tabarro, joined by fellow singers, chorus members and a full orchestra.

As TOSCA in TOSCA

Panama Opera, Puccini – Tosca Ms. Pedersen’s Tosca debut, 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 to enjoy the performance at the beautiful National Theater. The Opera Panama Foundation presented Panama City, Panama […]

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 […]

As HANNAH, 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 Laura Pedersen and Daniel Never 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 […]

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 […]

As GUEST ARTIST with THE CINCINNATI POPS

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 ingenue in […]

As SOPRANO SOLOIST in the 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 […]

As GUEST ARTIST with the CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA’S BLOSSOM 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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

As MUSETTA in LA BOHEME

Musetta was well sung by Laura Pedersen, whose looks fit the Musetta profile to a T.  Her voice was brilliant enough for the Cafe 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 […]

As AMOR in ORPHEÈ ET EURYDICE

Pedersen’s ease vocally and assured stage presence theatrically is a refreshing counterpart to all the sorrows and sufferings.Weser KurierLaura Pedersen as Amor-vocally an excellent casting choice.Nordwest-ZeitungLaura 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 […]

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-ZeittungEspecially the female artists were convincing both dramatically and vocally, Laura Pedersen as an angelic Maria with her naive, pure soprano…Journal am Morgan, Radio BremenEqually convincing and well-cast as Maria was Laura Pedersen, who […]