Cuban soprano Laura León is quickly becoming a rising star on the operatic stages with a voice that “sparkles, seduces and languishes.” Laura made her dèbut as Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with Orchestra Miami under the baton of Elaine Rinaldi, as well as a Florida Grand Opera dèbut as Frasquita in Carmen with subsequent performances as Mother of Peasant in Before Night Falls and Cristina Kahlo in Frida.
Most recently, Ms. León performed the role of Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with Opera in Williamsburg, Susana 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 2021-2022 season she will perform Adina in L’elisir d’Amore with Opera in Williamsburg, Cristina Kahlo in Frida with both El Paso Opera and Opera Southwest, and all the Heroines in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Opera Louisiane. Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with On site Opera, Ana Maria in Zorrowith Opera Southwest and she will have her debut in Carnegie Hall as a soloist in Vaugahn Williams Serenade to Music and Mozart’s Mass in C (Sparrow).
Previous operatic engagements have also included Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, 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, You are perfect, now change, 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 Fantasia and Egmont, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Missa Solemnis, Rutter’s Requiem, Al Borde de la Esperanza with University of Miami, 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 and works as a private teacher along with running her company Leon Productions in Florida.