When Laquita Mitchell was just fourteen years old, a bright-eyed young high school student in Manhattan, she had the opportunity to experience opera for the first time. Far from the usual ‘starter operas’ like Madama Butterfly or Carmen, Laquita went to see part two of Wagner’s Ring Cycle epic — Die Walküre at the Metropolitan Opera starring the great soprano Jessye Norman, who had also bought Laquita’s ticket to the performance.
That was a turning point for her. “When I saw Ms. Norman step on stage, I thought to myself, ‘oh my goodness, this is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen’…it just opened up a whole new world for me,” Laquita explained in an interview with San Francisco Opera. Since then, there has been no looking back.
Laquita Mitchell’s career has taken her to some of the world’s most eminent opera houses including Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Opéra Comique in Paris, among many others. She has sung numerous roles to great acclaim, such as Bess in Porgy and Bess, Mimì in La bohème, and of course, Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, for which The New York Times praised her “rich, shimmering, and sizable” voice.
Edmonton Opera’s upcoming production of La Traviata will mark an important moment in Laquita Mitchell’s illustrious career — her Canadian debut. Audiences are already buzzing with excitement for her arrival on the Edmonton stage as the iconic Violetta, a Parisian courtesan who is consumed both by love and a life-threatening illness. Verdi’s tragic heroine is one of the most demanding roles ever written, offering the audience a mix of vocal pyrotechnics and emotionally-charged arias.
If you haven’t already purchased your tickets for our season-opening production of La Traviata, now is the time to do so! You won’t want to miss Laquita Mitchell’s superior talent in what promises to be the performance of a lifetime. La Traviata plays at the Jubilee Auditorium on October 20, 23 and 26, 2018.