Lyric Opera of Chicago

Laura Wilde

 Laura Wilde headshot

Photo by Devon Cass.

Soprano Laura Wilde, a second-year Ryan Opera Center member from Watertown, South Dakota, was a Marion Roose Pullin Artist in Residence with Arizona Opera for 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, last 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. For Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2013-14 season she appeared in Madama Butterfly (debut), Parsifal and The Family Barber.

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


Ryan Opera Center 2014-2015 Ensemble


Sopranos Mezzo-sopranos

Tracy Cantin


Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi


Laura Wilde



J'nai Bridges


Julie Anne Miller



Tenors       Baritones    

Jesse Donner


John Irvin


Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan Johnson


Anthony Clark Evans


Will Liverman




Bass-baritone   Bass     Pianist  

Richard Ollarsaba




Bradley Smoak

Bradley Smoak




Maureen Zoltek