Laura Heydt, soprano
Soprano Laura Heydt discovered her love of opera at age 9. She studied flute and voice and performed regularly in her hometown in Northeastern PA. Upon her arrival in South Central PA she continued to perform on the opera and musical stage. She returned to the stage of Opera Lancaster as Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème . “Laura Heydt of York literally sparkled as Musetta and her aria Quando m’en vo was sung with panache!” – Lancaster New Era.
Other Puccini appearances include the title role in Suor Angelica, and Georgette in Il Tabarro. Having a particular love for Menotti she has performed the roles of Lucy in The Telephone , The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors , and Monica in The Medium on several occasions. Other notable roles include Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata with Repertory Opera Theater of Washington , Cunegonde in Opera Lancaster’s production of Bernstein’s Candide , Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas , Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Adina in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. In 2017 she sang the role of Carmella in the debut of The Bartender composed by friend and colleague Jim Riggs with Opera Lancaster. Recently she has become involved in several local organizations with the goal of bringing more opera to Central PA.
As a concert artist she has performed locally with the York Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Hanover Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra, and the Harrisburg Choral Society. Under the baton of Maestro Robert Hart Baker she made several appearances with the York Symphony as soloist for their annual July 4th patriotic celebration, as soprano soloist in Handel’s complete Messiah, and as guest artist at the holiday pops concert with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra in St. Louis, MO.
Laura earned a B.A. in vocal performance from York College of PA where she was a student of John Darrenkamp. She continued her vocal education in New York City under the instruction of Beth Roberts. Abroad, she was a featured soloist with the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. She has also participated in the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska and the Crittenden Opera Workshop. She currently teaches voice and flute for Menchey Music in York and Reading, PA.
In addition to performing and teaching, Laura and her partner Baltimore Symphony cellist Lukasz Szyrner own the Lady Linden Bed and Breakfast in York, PA where they reside with her two sons, Samuel and Benjamin.