LAURA ANTONINA VICARI, soprano, is known for her abilities as a “singer-actress.” Consistently noted by critics and audiences for her nuanced vocalism and dramatic intensity, her success as Cìo-Cìo-San with Lancaster Opera was hailed as “exquisite and inspired,” and she was praised for her “rich, vibrant voice.”
A graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts and the Peabody Conservatory, Ms. Vicari spent many years in Baltimore and was one of that city’s most sought after singers. She performed regularly with Baltimore Opera’s Education Programs, as well as Opera Vivente.
She has also appeared with Lancaster Opera; ConcertOpera, Philadelphia; Opera Theater of Philadelphia; Gulf Coast Symphony in Ft. Myers, FL; Opera in the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, AK; Seagle Colony in NY; and Operafestival di Roma in Rome, Italy. Her operatic roles range from the familiar (Cìo-Cìo-San, Fiordiligi, Donna Anna, Mimì, Pamina) to the unusual (Beauty in Beauty and the Beast at Baltimore’s Artscape2000 for Baltimore Opera; Mélisande, Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium,and Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with Opera Vivente).
As a recitalist, she has been fortunate to be involved in several world premieres, working with composers writing specifically for her voice. She was the first-place Maryland winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Auditions, and a semi-finalist in the Baltimore Opera Competition and the Boca Raton Voice Competition.
Her extensive training in theater and improvisation she credits to participation in both the PA and FL Renaissance Festivals. Ms. Vicari cherishes her 12-year ministry as cantor at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Baltimore and for Radio Mass of Baltimore. She currently sings at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Pompano Beach and is a member of the Palm Beach Opera Chorus. In 2006 she made her Florida debut with South Florida Lyric Opera.