Lyric Opera of Chicago

Laura Wilde

 Laura Wilde headshot

Photo by Devon Cass.

Soprano Laura Wilde, a first-year Ryan Opera Center member from Watertown, South Dakota, was a Marion Roose Pullin Artist in Residence with Arizona Opera for the past two seasons. Her roles there included Cherubino/Le nozze di Figaro, Stéphano/Roméo et Juliette, Alisa/Lucia di Lammermoor, Siébel/Faust, and Lola/Cavalleria rusticana (debut). Wilde has also participated in the young-artist programs of The Santa Fe Opera (Deaconess/King Roger) and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (Omar/John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer, Mrs. Segstrom/A Little Night Music). Having recently switched from mezzo-soprano to soprano, earlier this year Wilde returned to the Phoenix Symphony for Ravel's Shéhérazade.  A 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions semi-finalist, she was awarded 3rd place in the 2011 Palm Beach Opera Competition and is a two-time recipient of the Elihu Hyndman Memorial Award from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Wilde is an alumna of Indiana University (Jo March/Little Women, Isabella/L'italiana in Algeri, Prince Charming/Cendrillon) and St. Olaf College. She appears in Madama Butterfly (debut) and Parsifal for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2013-14 season.

Laura Wilde is sponsored by Mrs. J. W. Van Gorkom.

Ryan Opera Center 2013-2014 Ensemble


Sopranos Mezzo-sopranos

Emily Birsan


Tracy Cantin


Laura Wilde



J'nai Bridges


Julie Anne Miller



Tenors       Baritones    

Adam Bonanni


John Irvin




Anthony Clark Evans


Will Liverman




Bass-baritone   Apprentice Coach

Richard Ollarsaba

Richard Ollarsaba  


  Maureen Zoltek

 Maureen Zoltek