Laura Whittenberger


"...as Mabel, Laura Whittenberger seems ideally cast and displays the finest operatic voice heard in recent memory at Toby’s...negotiates coloratura passages with ease and agility.” — The Baltimore Sun

“An aural enchantress...displays a keen knowledge of performing opera with truth and emotional intent...sublime; the finest female soprano sound to cross the Toby’s stage in many a year.” — DC Metro Theater Arts

"...reaches notes that haven’t even been discovered yet. Her renditions of “Poor Wandering One!” and “Sorry Her Lot” are worth the price of admission alone.”
— OUTspoken


Praised in the Baltimore Sun for her “impressive voice”, soprano Laura Whittenberger sings in opera, musical theater and concert performances. She recently appeared as Beauty in Giannini’s Beauty and the Beast with Lyric Opera Baltimore and Rose Maybud in Ruddigore with Theater at Monmouth in Maine. She will appear as Olympia/Blue Lady in Pinocchio as a Young Artist with Cedar Rapids Opera this January, and will make her NYC recital debut in February with pianist Peyson Moss at the American Irish Historical Society.

Highlights from the 2014-15 seasons have included Amalia in She Loves Me (DE), Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins (TN), and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (60 performances, MD), for which she was nominated for Broadway World’s “Best Actress in a Musical” award for the Baltimore region.

Laura made her Baltimore debut as the title role in Lakmé with Peabody Opera Theatre. She has also performed as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Anna (The King and I), and Adele (Die Fledermaus) in DC area festivals. Other roles have included Constance in Dialogues des Carmelites, Oscar in Un ballo in Maschera, and Elsie in The Yeomen of the Guard, in which she “danced her role with grace and style” (Washington Post). She also reprised Adele in Die Fledermaus with the Bel Cantanti Opera Company in MD and at DC’s Singapore Embassy.

In concert, Laura has performed soprano solos in the Messiah, Carmina Burana, and Haydn’s Kleine Orgelmesse, among others. She appeared on FOX Business channel as a soloist for concerts with the VA Medical-Musical Orchestra. Last season she joined the Columbia Pro Cantare for Mozart’s Regina Coeli (K127) and Rutter’s Requiem, and she has performed as both a soloist and chorister with the Emmanuel Episcopal Choir in Baltimore.

Laura earned her Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory in the studio of Dr. Stanley Cornett, where she held a full-tuition assistantship and was awarded as an Outstanding Voice Student. Laura holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Voice from Indiana University, where she studied with Carlos Montané and received an honors scholarship. More information can be found at laurawhittenberger.com.

French Melodie duo recital with harpist Jacqueline Pollauf

Winners of Montpelier Arts Center Recital Competition
Montpelier Arts Center, MD
Oct. 22, 2017 (with future dates TBD in other locations)

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