Laura Decher Wayte

Laura Decher WayteLaura Decher Wayte grew up in the beautiful Paci?c Northwest, earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Vermont, and an M.M. in Voice from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Opera Performance. For 20 years, Laura has been performing traditional and contemporary opera, orchestral pieces, choral and chamber music. Her singing has been consistently praised for its lyrical expression and rich tonal qualities, and her ability to connect with and move her audiences at the highest caliber.
Laura particularly enjoys performing contemporary classical music from across cultures: American, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Catalonian, Danish and Norwegian – she searches for music that moves her and always offers a program to make the audience feel both at home and as if they are traveling. She has performed several world premiers of contemporary compositions. In 2000, she toured Holland with The Nieuw Ensemble premiereing a piece written by her husband, Lawrence Wayte. Portland composer Nicole Portley composed LIVING for Laura and a string trio. Midsummer’s Eve is her new CD of compositions by Edvard Grieg, Frederick Delius and Oregon composer David Wurts. Coming up in 2017, Laura will produce and perform in an opera written by Eugene composer Anice Thigpen.
Her extensive performances and roles include those with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (Beethoven and Rodrigo), the San Francisco Opera, the Santa Fe Symphony (Hayden’s Mass in Time of War, Brubeck’s La Fiesta de la Posada, Handel’s Messiah), the Nevada Opera (Micaela in Carmen), the Mendocino Music Festival (Clorinda in La Cenerentola), the Berkeley Opera (Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites), and the Diablo Valley Symphony (Mimi in La Boheme).
From 2007-2016, Laura joined the Voice Faculty at the University of Oregon.Laura Decher Wayte In Oregon she has performed with the Oregon Mozart Players (JS Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen, Rodrigo’s Cuatro Madrigales Amatorios, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Copeland’s Tender Land Suite), the Eugene Concert Choir (Brahm’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, The Best of Broadway), the Eugene Opera (The Governess in Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Madame Mao in Nixon in China, Kitty Hart in Dead Man Walking), and as the memorable soloist with Eugene Symphony in the Park.

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