School of Visual & Performing Arts

Department of Music : Faculty

Laura Mashburn

Adjunct Instructor of Music
Applied Voice

Mezzo soprano Laura Mashburn is equally at home on the concert and opera stage.  Her concert work includes Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Symphony IV with the Bogotá Symphony Orchestra (Colombia) and the Verdi Requiem and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Springfield Symphony (MA). With orchestras in the United States, England, Italy, and Belgium, she has sung the Mozart Requiem, Scarlatti’s Christmas Cantata, Elgar’s The Apostles, Bach’s Magnificat and Mass in B Minor, the Bononcini Stabat Mater, Britten’s Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac, the Duruflé Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in A, Handel’s Messiah, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. She made her Alice Tully Hall debut when invited by composer Ned Rorem to sing in a concert celebrating his sixty-fifth birthday.  Opera roles include Madam Flora in Menotti’s The Medium which was cast and directed by the composer, Mrs. Schofield in the world premier of William Shuman’s A Question of Taste at Glimmerglass Opera, the title role in Serse (Handel), Juno in Semele (Handel), Ottavia in The Coronation of Poppea (Monteverdi), la Principessa in Suor Angelica (Puccini), Perichole in La Perichole (Offenbach), and Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia (Britten). Ms. Mashburn received the Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from the Curtis Institute of Music.  She has studied with Marlena Malas, Vera Rosza, and Josephine Veasey and coached with Mikael Eliasen and Elsa Mayer Lismann. She currently teaches at Western Connecticut State University and maintains a private studio in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Contact: mashburnl@wcsu.edu