Recently nominated for a Grammy® Award for her solo performance on Conspirare’s album, Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings, mezzo soprano Laura Mercado-Wright embraces versatile opportunities in the world of professional singing including opera, choral, chamber music, and even the blues. Her work has been lauded by the New York Times as “superb”, “dramatically astute” and “stunningly agile”.
In 2011 Ms. Mercado-Wright performed the world-premiere of Charles Wuorinen's cantata It Happens Like This, a role she has reprised multiple times since, including in 2015 at Carnegie Hall with The MET Chamber Ensemble under the baton of Maestro James Levine.
As a member of the Grammy® Award-winning vocal ensemble Conspirare, she has performed as a soloist on numerous occasions, and can be heard on the Harmonium Mundi label recording of two recent releases.
Her work as one of four soloists on the recording project Elegia, by Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz, was nominated for a Latin Grammy® in 2013. She also has received critical acclaim for her 50th anniversary performance of Luciano Berio's Circles at the Tanglewood Music Festival, and her role as Saint Theresa II in Fours Saints in Three Acts with the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Ms. Mercado-Wright made her debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra in 2010 in An Evening of Cole Porter, sharing the stage with Broadway greats Jason Danieley and Kelli O'Hara, under the baton of Keith Lockhart.
She has appeared in performance with the MET Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pops, Tanglewood Music Festival, Ensemble Signal, Convergence Ensemble, Austin New Music Co-op, Voices of Change, Fort Worth Opera, Santa Fe Concert Association, Opera Piccola, Fort Worth Symphony, Plano Symphony, Voces Intimae, The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, Cliburn at the Modern, Utah Festival Opera, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles New Music Festival with Southwest Chamber Ensemble, and the Slee Sinfonietta.
Operatic roles include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Sesto in Giulio Cesare, Amastre in Xerxes, Niklaus in Les Contes D'Hoffman, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Second and Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Meg Page in Falstaff, and both Meg and Jo in Mark Adamo's Little Women.
In the world of new and experimental music, Ms. Mercado-Wright has participated in several world premieres in the past few years, including pieces from composers Gabriela Ortiz, Shawn Allison, Lembit Beecher, Jorge Soza, Vincent Manlove, Travis Weller, Brent Fariss, Andrew Stotlz, Sarah Dutcher, Graham Reynolds, and Pulitzer Prize winners Charles Wuorinen, Kevin Puts and Caroline Shaw.
She holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas and the Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland, magna cum laude.
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