Kim Wadsworth (makeup artist) with soprano Erin Laurence and Virginia Opera Marketing Director Danielle Canonico at the photo shoot for this season's Tosca artwork.
Tosca: Erin (Alisanski) Laurence
Erin (Alisanski) Laurence
Ms. Laurence earned music degrees in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music and from Syracuse University, where she received a University Fellowship.
was the first recipient of the Marcella Sembrich Award, a national competition, to perform at the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum
in Bolton Landing, NY.
was a finalist for the National Foundation for Advancement
in the Arts Competition held in Miami, FL. In 1998, she
sang with the Oswego Opera Company
as the understudy for Mimi in Puccini's La BohÃ¨me.
performed in productions of Zar und Zimmermann, Noye's Fludde, Aida, and Die Fledermaus with the Syracuse Opera.
In 2000 and 2002, Ms. Laurence
was a soloist with the San Angelo Symphony in a performance of Vivaldi's Magnificat and Gloria and the"Alleluia" from Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate.
During a visit to New York, in January 2001, Ms. Laurence
sang for President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
From 2000-2004, Ms. Laurence held the position of Lecturer/Instructor of Voice at Angelo State University where she taught applied voice, opera/music theater workshop, class voice, music history, introduction to music, and directed the madrigal dinner production.
She has taught voice at Syracuse University and at Hartwick College and has adjudicated numerous music competitions throughout New York and Texas.
For three years, Ms. Laurence served as Director of Music Theater at the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival and Institute in Oneonta, NY.
Currently, Ms. Laurence serves as Director of Music at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia Beach.
has sung with the Virginia Opera
for the past three seasons and has performed in productions of Romeo & Juliet
(Stephano cover), Norma, Sleeping Beauty (Page), Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, Tales of Hoffmann, and Pirates of Penzance.