Laurel Irene, Los Angeles-based vocal artist and voice researcher, specializes in bringing new compositional works to life with vocal repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Mozart to the wacky, wild, and extreme sounds of the 21st century. With incredible vocal range, agile flexibility, and intense emotional connection that stretches from playful to unhinged in the span of a page, she draws on her expertise in vocal research to heighten unique timbres, textures, and vocal expressions . Recent features in the Los Angeles area include The Industry/LA Phil New Music Group (John Cage’s Europeras 1 & 2), LACMA Sunday Evening Concerts (Dominick Argento’s Letters from Composers), The Box Gallery (Nice Day for the Racesopera premiere), Monday Evening Concerts (Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians), The MARS Festival, and The First Congregational Church, L.A. (G.B. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater). A recent winner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions, she also regularly performs with chamber and vocal music ensembles across Los Angeles.
As an avid voice educator and founder of the educational organization, VoiceScienceWorks, she gives voice workshops at conferences and collegiate settings across the United States and Europe including the Pan-American Vocology Association, American Choral Directors Association, Acoustical Society of America, Harvard University, College of the Holy Cross, California Institute for the Arts, University of California Los Angeles, and Cornish College of the Arts.
Ms. Irene is an alumna of performance programs at the USC Thornton School of Music, New Music on the Point, Cortona New Music Sessions, and the Summer Vocology Institute. Upcoming projects for 2019 include Poulenc’s La voix humaine (CSULA), Fauré’s Requiem (First Congregational Church, L.A.), and Ragnar Kjartansson’s Biss, a twelve hour loop of Mozart’s final scenes from The Marriage of Figaro (REDCAT Fluxus Festival).