Five Questions with Mezzo-soprano Laura Krumm
Dancers, artistic staff, and guest artists mezzo-soprano Laura Krumm and pianist Robert Malicone, departed for Sao Paulo this morning for LINES Ballet’s first ever appearance in South America. For three consecutive nights, September 26-28, the Company will perform Constellation from the Teatro Alfa stage.
Constellation, first performed in San Francisco in 2012, comes alive to the music of Handel, Vivaldi, and Strauss, against the backdrop of electronic media artist Jim Campbell’s luminous set. Sao Paulo marks Laura Krumm’s first performance with LINES Ballet (for those of you who attended Constellation in San Francisco, you most surely remember the memorizing Maya Lahyani in the role).
In the weeks leading up to the tour, Laura could be found in Studio 5 rehearsing alongside the dancers. It’s a tremendous pleasure for them, and Alonzo, to work with a live singer (versus a recording), and even more so when that singer is Laura Krumm. Alonzo’s reaction to Laura and her talent was immediate – he was quite taken. As were we all, when her voice wafted down the hall and into our offices.
Five questions with the talented mezzo-soprano Laura Krumm:
1) What drew you to the project with LINES Ballet? What has the experience been like thus far?
Working with LINES Ballet has been such an exciting experience for me. My professional world thus far has been mostly opera and it’s so exciting to explore a different way of storytelling. I’m blown away by the talent and commitment of every person I’ve worked with at LINES.
2) Most important/valuable life lesson learned through your art? Is there anything you wish you hadn’t learned or that you’ve had to un-learn?
Singing has taught me so many things; it’s a little hard to pick one. The lesson I keep learning again and again (and seem to need to keep learning) is that it’s not about me. As artists we spend so much time trying to perfect our craft that sometimes it’s hard to remember that the end product isn’t about us.
3) When do you feel the most alive?
Again it’s hard to pick a single thing but I can say I don’t think there’s much that’s more thrilling than singing a big ensemble with an orchestra.
4) Where will we see you on the stage next/what work are you excited about performing?
My next few months are taken up with covering some really exciting things at San Francisco Opera and the Dallas Opera. I’m particularly excited about a new opera called Everest composed by Joby Talbot with a libretto by Gene Scheer.
5) What has it been like living/working in San Francisco?
I’ve grown up a lot during my time in San Francisco, I think it will always feel like an artistic home to me. I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to live and work here!