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Linda Larson

Recognized for her commitment to new American music, Linda Larson sang in the premieres of John Eaton’s operas The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Pumped Fiction and premiered his newer song cycle. In 2011 she premiered American Academy of Arts and Letters award-winning composer David Glaser’s Catullus Dreams with NYC new music ensemble Sequitur. She recorded Moonset No. 1, written for her by Glaser, in 2010. She has sung with the Center for Contemporary Opera, Sequitur, Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, Ensemble X, Brooklyn New Music Collective, Encompass New Opera Theatre, and Voices of Change, and has performed new music at the Bowdoin International, American Composers Alliance, and Chintimini Chamber Music Festivals. She premiered chamber music of Cynthia Lee Wong at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.

Linda has performed as soprano soloist in Richard Einhorn’s Vision of Light with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and Anonymous 4, and in Cantata at Symphony Space’s Wall-to-Wall Stravinsky Festival, and taken part in the Sights and Sounds festival at the Raleigh (NC) Museum of Art. Other concert engagements have included Messiah, Dvorak Stabat Mater, Schubert Mass in A-flat, Mendelssohn Elijah, and Beethoven Missa Solemnis. She has been featured in concert and recital with the Chautauqua Institute, Three Seasons Chamber Music, Syracuse Symphony, New Texas Festival, and the Erie Philharmonic.

Linda’s degrees are from the University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Austin. Honored as regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, she is a graduate of the Tri-Cities Opera Resident Artist Training Program and participated in the Twentieth Century Opera and Song program at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has taught at New York University and Ithaca College and served as coordinator of the vocal coaching program at Cornell University.

Early Years – the Chintimini Connection

Linda grew up in Corvallis, where she studied voice with Karen Knutson and Gwen Leonard and piano with Becky Jeffers and Bea Miller – and often played harpsichord in Rich Trojan’s Renaissance/Baroque ensemble Figs & Thistles. She performed in 2002, Chintimini’s second year, with songs of John Harbison and Jules Benedict and Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock. In 2005, in addition to Schoenberg and Schubert songs, she premiered the cycle The Gray Unsettled Light, commissioned by the festival, in which David Mullikin set poetry by Corvallis poet Carol Ann Lantz, chosen by the composer in a blind competition.

Her 2016 offerings run the gamut from fun to heady romance, with Purcell, Ravel, Donaudy, Michael Head, André Previn, Rebecca Clarke, Amy Beach, and Schubert’s Mignon.