"Laura Brooks Rice has been a constant companion of support, not just with vocal issues, but with repertory choices, musical information, and most importantly, life in general. I would not be where I am today as a singer without her help.
- Matthew Polenzani | Internationally renowned operatic tenor
Miss Rice has a proven track record as a master voice teacher, with her private students currently singing as regular principal artists at The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, Berlin, Munich, Teatro Real, Sarasota Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Ft. Worth Opera, Dayton Opera, Minnesota Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Mobile Opera, Maggio Musicale, Opera Omaha, Portland Opera, Knoxville Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera Saratoga, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Opera North, Central City, Atlanta Opera and Aix en Provence and many more.
She also has the distinction of being the principal voice teacher at the Cafritz Program with the Washington National Opera, serving as a master teacher to the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Program as well as IVAI (New York, Montreal, Blacksburg) and San Miguel, Mexico
Miss Rice has been on the steering committee for the Singer Training Council under the auspices of Opera America. She has been member of the board of advisors of Astral Artistic Services as well as the Princeton Festival. She has served as a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and on the panels of the National NATSAA Competition and Astral Artistic Services Annual Auditions.
Focused Vocal Study
Ms. Rice comes from a vocal pedagogy tradition tracing back to Manuel Garcia the II with a direct pedagogical line including Pauline Viardot and Anna Schoen Rene then to her own teacher and mentor, Margaret Harshaw. She has carried that same tradition of bel canto to every one of her students.
She has taught voice to opera singers since 1981 and at Westminster Choir College from 1985-2000. With over 40 years of teaching experience Ms. Rice has come to understand the rigors and technical skill level needed to be successful in an operatic career. Several of her students in her studio have gone on to successful international operatic careers and regularly sing in major opera houses around the world.
An expert technician with deep knowledge of the operatic repertoire, she often collaborates with her student’s creative teams (artist managers, coaches, conductors, and dramatic coaches) to ensure they make informed decisions about their career trajectory. She has been a guest teacher at the world’s top operatic training programs including the Metropolitan Opera, Curtis Institute of Music, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Tri-Cities Opera and currently is the principal voice teacher at Washington National Opera Cafritz Program where she trains the top emerging professionals in the world. Having had a successful operatic career of her own, Miss Rice routinely draws from her extensive network of professionals for information and guidance on the state of the industry.
Work with Laura today to unlock your true potential as an emerging professional in the opera world
During her tenure at Westminster, Miss Rice created the groundbreaking courses The Singing Actor & Opera Auditions: Preparation and Techniques.
Singers learned to synthesize all of the important skills necessary to be an effective singer and actor in the field of opera. It has become apparent to her that most students and teachers have an inappropriate idea of the proper repertoire to assign the developing voice. She draws on her wealth of experience to help young singers choose the right repertoire that will highlight their personal strengths and skill levels throughout their vocal development.
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Opera Connections is a brand new webinar & workshop series that will give singers the opportunity to hone their audition skills and practice them in front of some of the most important industry professionals from around the world. Drawing from her deep industry connections, attendees will interact with influential individuals who work at top operatic institutions like The Metropolitan Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Chicago Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, and many others. Don’t miss out on the chance to understand the perspective of people who will eventually hire the next generation of operatic stars.
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Ms. Rice is the co-founder and director of The CoOPERAtive Program, a three week intensive program that gives emerging young artist professionals private coachings and group classes focusing on operatic style, performance techniques, dramatic presentation, language and diction, body awareness, as well as resumé and application advice. The CoOPERAtive Program is presented in cooperation and consultation with top professionals in the field of opera.