About Laura Cotney
Recently praised for her "mastery of the demanding vocal lines" of Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, soprano Laura Anne Cotney performed the role of Sister Constance with great success at the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, garnering mentions from both the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Donald Rosenberg and the music critic of Cleveland Scene, Frank Kuznik.
Ms. Cotney discovered her passion for music at a young age, performing in church and at school before beginning her private study. She attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, from which she earned her Bachelor of Music. An Atlanta area native, she returned home to study at Georgia State University before transferring to the Cleveland Institute of Music to earn her Master of Music in Vocal Performance, where she received the Irvin Bushman Memorial Prize in Singing.
Ms. Cotney's other appearances at CIM include the Princess in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges, the Dew Fairy in Humperdinck's Haensel und Gretel, and the Fairy Godmother in Massenet's Cendrillon. Last summer, she starred with the Great Lakes Light Opera Company as Lola Markham in Douglas Moore's Gallantry and Madame Heart in Mozart's The Impresario. An avid Mozart scholar and performer, Ms. Cotney has also performed and studied many of his operatic heroines, including both Pamina and the Queen of the Night from Die Zauberfloete, Fiordiligi from Cosi fan tutte, the Countess Almaviva from Le nozze di Figaro, and Constanze from Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail. Other operatic credits include Strauss's Zdenka (Arabella), Puccini's Magda (La Rondine), and Verdi's Alice Ford (Falstaff).
She has twice attended the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, where she was a semi-finalist in their Meistersinger Competition. Her operatic studies have also taken her to Salzburg, Austria and Perugia, Italy. She has been heard as a soloist in the Atlanta area with Just Voices and at several local churches, performing sacred works such as Schubert's Mass in G, Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate, and "Gesu bambino". A member of the Atlanta Opera Chorus, Ms. Cotney still maintains an active performance schedule, but she finds joy in balancing her performances with teaching in the hope of inspiring others to enrich their lives through music.