School of Music Alumna Laura León in “Tales of Hoffmann”

You could say Nyack School of Music magna cum laude graduate Laura León was exhibiting a multi-personality crisis—but to the delight of opera lovers.

The Cuba-born soprano graced the stage of Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and played all four lead female roles in Opera Orlando’s science fiction-influenced “steampunk” production of “Tales of Hoffmann.” The show, which concluded its run on October 30, was based on the work by German author E.T.A. Hoffmann. The lead male in “Tales of Hoffmann” portrays the author, who throughout the opera shares about the four loves of his life—Stella, Olympia, Antonia, and Giulietta—starring Laura León.

Orlando Sentinel theatre critic Matthew J. Palm summed up Laura’s performance with these words: “The heart of the show is dynamo Laura León. As the various heroines, she sparkles, seduces and languishes. There’s a clear characterization to each role, whether it’s a mechanical doll played for laughter or a dying girl evoking tears. And her voice sounds just as lovely on the notorious high notes as on the lower, emotional ones. Brava.”

The campus community joins in the applause for this gifted alumna. Learn more about the success Laura has enjoyed since her graduation from Nyack.