Soprano Opera Singer in Miami
Cuban soprano Laura León made her Florida Grand Grand Opera debut this season as Frasquita in Carmen and as Mother of a Peasant in Before Night Falls. She also covered the role of Oscar in Un ballo in Maschera. The previous season she was the study cover of Norina in Don Pasquale and Yvette in The Passenger, in addition to countless outreach performances as Norina in the children’s program Don Pasqualito. This past summer, she was featured in a variety of concerts in Madrid and Badajoz, Spain and Lubeck, Germany where she performed Cuban and Spanish zarzuela pieces. Her most recent operatic roles besides her work at Florida Grand Opera include La Princesse Laoula in Emmanuel Chabrier’s L’étoileand Marguerita Fiorentino in Weill’s Street Scene with FIU Opera Theater, Königin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Miami Summer Music Festival, Musetta in La bohème and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Nyack College Opera. Her zarzuela credits include Charito in Reveriano Soutullo/Juan Vert’s La leyenda del beso with the Sociedad Pro-Arte Grateli, and soprano soloist in a tribute concert at FIU featuring rarely-heard works of Ernesto Lecuona. This season at FGO, Laura will perform the roles of Frasquita in Carmen and Peasant’s Mother in Before Night Falls, and will be study-covering Oscar in A Masked Ball.
Laura was last seen performing as Mother of a Peasant in the Opera Before Night Falls by Jorge Martin. This Opera was based on the book with the same tittle by Cuban writer Reynaldo Arenas. The role, though brief was an intensive acting marathon which outlined the dramatic side of the Opera. Previously, she performed the role of Frasquita in Carmen also with Florida Grand Opera. In 2016 she started the Young Artist Program at Florida Grand Opera, and was seen in numerous Outreach performances as Norina and as Cecilia Valdés. She was also seen as a Diva in the raising show Dueling Divas with Opera Fusion this past October of 2015 and as a soloist with the prestigious Enrique Chia in a Concert offered by the Cuban Research Institute of Miami on the past December 7th a presented by Florida International University.
Previously she performed the role of Königin der Nacht in the 2014 Miami Summer Festival production of Die Zauberflöte directed by Michael Rossi, Washington’s National Opera orchestra director. The same year she was also seen portraying the role of Marguerita Fiorentino, the coloratura role in the Modern Opera Street Scene presented by Florida International University in the Spring of 2014. Her other credits include Musetta in La Boheme and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Nyack College in New York 2012.
During the Fall of 2013 she also performed as Charito in “La Leyenda del Beso” with Pro Arte-Grateli, the leading Zarzuela Company in Miami. That same year she was offered to sing a Homage Concert to Ernesto Lecuona, composed of 30 songs presented at Wertheim Art Center in commemoration of Lecuona’s centenary, hosted by the Cuban American Research Organization of Miami were she got to perform the composer’s less know repertoire with a few popular pieces as well.
Miss. Leon had the great opportunity to perform in various Musical Theater shows as well, directed by Amy Ibberson with Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. Her last show she was seen as Lady Larken in Once Upon a Mattress, and previously as Lulu in Cabaret, Woman 1 in the four people Musical Theater show “I love you, you are perfect, now change”, and as Aggie in Oklahoma!. Her other credits include Yerma, as Yerma in the adapted theater play of Garcia Lorca for what she obtained 2nd place in the National Foreign Language competition in 2007. She has also established herself as the official National Anthem Performer for the Government Immigration Services or Miami-Dade County were she has had the privilege to sing for the Major of Miami and other government officials in special ceremonies in the Freedom Tower in Downtown Miami.
Laura Martínez León has an AA in Music Education from Miami Dade College, a BA in Voice Performance from Nyack College and a MM in Voice Performance from Florida International University. She currently resides in Miami, Fl with her family and poodle Romeo.