The One with the Vision
Mezzo-Soprano sanjuanera Laura Virella started her musical studies at the age of five at Coro de Niños de San Juan (CNSJ). Twenty years later she took NYC by storm while acquiring her "Mistress of Music" title (Manhattan School of Music, MM 2007).
Having traveled the world from a very early age, she has a passion for exploration, language, and expanding limits. These are only surpassed by her passion for the stage, where her performances have inspired reviews as diverse as "Laura Virella's Carmen could not be more sensual without inviting a police raid" (The Baltimore Sun, 2002), "Virella, at a very early age, already communicates with transparent sincerity, the fervor of this marvelous text of the Trinity Doxology," (Luis Enrique Juliá, El Nuevo Día, San Juan, PR, 2001) and "All, especially the rich mezzo-soprano Laura Virella, are gifted singers" (Washington Times, 2005).
At age 16, when CNSJ announced it would cancel a trip to Russia due to lack of funding, Laura resolved to write, conduct, direct and produce a fund-raising musical. With mom put to work on costumes, and a few calls to local radio stations, her idea was not only a crash course in business (and counterpoint!)—it laid the foundation for what coópera is today. And, of course, a group of young Puerto Ricans got to witness the famous white nights.
"The question is not whether we can do this, but how."
POM roles: Rosina, Cherubino, Bianca, Zanetto, Enfant