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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Singer Interview: Laura Loge (028)

On Monday, I got to interview Laura Loge, a Seattle-based soprano!
This coming weekend, Laura Loge and I will be performing with the Choir of the Sound and the Thalia Symphony Orchestra, as soloists for their Mozart Requiem. Here's the details for that:

St. Marks' Cathedral, Seattle, WA
Saturday, March 11th, 7pm
Sunday, March 12th 2pm

Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com

Laura Loge is a specialist in Nordic music, already having co-published some song anthologies and an album. She's currently working on her second. In our interview, we talked a lot about Nordic music, and it's clear she has a passion for it! You can find out more about her work at lauraloge.com, and you can find out about the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series that she directs by going to the site for the Nordic Heritage Museum.

Here's a little more about her:

Soprano Laura Loge has been hailed for her "luminous stage presence" and "characterful and versatile voice." Opera roles include Violetta (La Traviata), Musetta (La Bohème), Micaëla (Carmen), Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Lisa (La Sonnambula), La Fée (Cendrillon), Heron, Raven & Eagle (Our Earth), Lucy (The Telephone), Guadalena and Ninetta (La Perichole), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Second Lady (Magic Flute), Goddess Diana (Iphigénie en Aulide), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica) and Miss Silverpeal (The Impresario). On the concert stage she has performed as the soprano soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Fauré's Requiem, Grieg's Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, Schumann's Mass and Requiem, Handel's Messiah, and Verdi's Requiem. She has appeared with the Seattle Opera, Puget Sound Opera, Rimrock Opera, Intermountain Opera, Northwest Opera in Schools, Etc., Puget Sound Concert Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, Longwood Opera, Icicle Creek Music Center, Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Bremerton Symphony, Masterworks Chorale and Orchestra as well as numerous concerts and recitals.

Additionally, Ms. Loge specializes in Scandinavian art song which she has performed across the United States and in Norway. She sang several times for and was the Honorary Marshal for Ballard's syttende mai parade, was the featured soloist at the Scandinavian Cultural Center's Greater Tacoma Peace Prize banquet and the Ballard Sons of Norway. She organized and presented memorial concerts in Seattle, Washington D. C. and New York City in response to the 2011 terror attack in Norway, has performed Songs for Soprano and Orchestra by Edvard Grieg, was featured several times in the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series, has given numerous recitals at the Nordic Heritage Museum and other venues around Seattle, and appeared on the radio broadcast, Live By George. In 2014 she released her debut CD entitled, Breaking the Language Barrier: Songs in Norwegian and Danish, Composed by Foreigners. She has performed a concert of the same name as part of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series and for the Minneapolis Edvard Grieg Society and at her alma mater, St. Olaf College. She performed in Edvard Grieg's villa in Bergen, Norway as part of the 2015 International Workshop on the Songs of Edvard Grieg. She is the Artistic Director of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series in Seattle.

Ms. Loge was the Norwegian expert, translating, phonetically transliterating and recording texts of sixteen songs for a new three volume anthology of Nordic songs entitled Midnight Sun, compiled and edited by Mimmi Fulmer of the University of Wisconsin, published by Subito Music.
Current and upcoming engagements include performing as the soprano soloist in Mozart's Requiem with Choir of the Sound and Thalia Symphony Orchestra as well as tour with pianist Sandra Mogensen of Edvard Grieg's Vinje songs throughout the Pacific Northwest and Montana. She will be performing recently composed songs by Northwest composer, Steven Luksan, in the Saltwater Music Series.

Ms. Loge received her Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College. She was awarded a full scholarship to study Scandinavian art song at the University of Stavanger Conservatory of Music in Norway, studied Italian bel canto technique and repertoire with Signora Rosanna Lippi in Italy, and as a student of Edward Zambara, she received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory.

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