Praised by The New York Times for her, “flexible voice, crystalline diction, and warm presence,” soprano Laura Strickling has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, National Sawdust, Berkshire Choral International, Trinity Church on Wall Street, the Washington National Cathedral, Opera America Center, Liederfest in Suzhou (China), and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.
A devoted recitalist, she has appeared with the Brooklyn Art Song Society, Lyric Fest of Philadelphia, Joy in Singing, Trinity Concerts at One, the American Liszt Society, the Half Moon Music Festival, Art Song at the Old Stone House, the Brooklyn New Music Collective, the Philadelphia Lieder Society, SongFusion, and Vox 3 Collective, and was a featured performer at the 2016 New Music Gathering. She premiered Bernard Rands’ Folk Songs and Glen Roven’s The Vineyard Songs and Six Ancient Chinese Songs. New Voices, the Billboard Classical Top-Ten-selling CD including her recording of The Vineyard Songs is available on the Naxos label, and was hailed by Opera News: “Laura Strickling’s lovely diction and warm, clear sound bring attractive immediacy to this cycle.” Her other commercial recording releases include James Matheson’s Times Alone on Yarlung Records, as well as a CD of songs and vocal chamber works by Tom Cipullo.
Her concert engagements include her Avery Fisher Hall debut in Messiah (Handel) with Distinguished Concert Artists International of New York, and her Kennedy Center Concert Hall debut in Messiah (Handel) with the Metropolitan Chorus, Mass in c minor (Mozart) and Stabat Mater (Dvorak) with Berkshire Choral International, Requiem (Brahms) with the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, as well as with Chorosynthesis in Seattle, Luonnotar (Sibelius) and Les Illuminations (Britten) with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Ninth Symphony (Beethoven) and Carmina Burana (Orff) with Choralis in Washington, DC. Her performance of Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Exsultate jubilate with the Cathedral Choral Society in Washington, DC was broadcast by classical radio station WETA. Other concert performances have included Requiem (Mozart), Credo Mass (Mozart), Dixit Dominus (Handel), Gloria (Vivaldi), Lord Nelson Mass (Haydn), and Mass in C (Beethoven).
An alumna of the Berkshire Opera Company Resident Artist Program, Opera News praised her performance of the Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel: “Laura Strickling offered the creamy, clear, younger-sister-of-Eva-Pogner instrument ideal for singing the role over full orchestration.” In April 2015, she appeared as Pamina in the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s touring outreach production of The Magic Flute. Ms. Strickling’s operatic roles include Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Mimi (La boheme), Dinorah (Dinorah), Elvira (L’Italiana in Algeri), Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), The Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), and Micaëla (Carmen). She created the role of Muriel in the world premiere of Thomas Benjamin’s The Alien Corn with the Peabody Opera Theater.
Ms. Strickling was a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2013 and 2014, a resident artist at the Steans Music Institute at Ravinia in 2012, a recipient of the Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship at SongFest in 2011 and 2012, and performed in “The Song Continues…” with Marilyn Horne – Weill Music Institute’s 2012 Professional Training Program at Carnegie Hall.
The 2011 Thomas Greene Professional Grant recipient, her recent competition honors include First Prize and “Audience Favorite” prize in the Rochester Oratorio Society’s Classical Idol Competition, First Prize and the Franz Liszt Prize in the Liszt-Garrison International Competition, as well as prizes and honors in the Positively Poulenc! Competition, Bel Canto Chorus Competition, Schubert Club Competition, Liederkranz Competition, Orpheus Competition, Washington International Competition, Bel Canto Foundation Competition, the NATS Artist Awards, the Joy in Singing Competition, the American Prize for Opera Performance, Vocal Arts DC Discovery Competition, Gretchen Hood Memorial Competition, Russell C. Wonderlic Competition, and the Baltimore Music Club Competition.
A Chicago native, Ms. Strickling is an avid traveler, having lived in Fez, Morocco, where she studied classical Arabic, and Kabul, Afghanistan, where her husband was the chair of the Department of Law at the American University of Afghanistan. She currently makes her home in New York City and St. Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands.