Laurien Gibson, Soprano
Laurien holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Saskatchewan and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School.
Ms. Gibson has been the recipient of numerous awards including first place in the Canadian Music Competition, Gordon Wallis Opera Competition and Young Artist Competition. She has also sung in the finals of the Hans Gabor Belvedere international competition, held in Vienna. As a soloist, Laurien has appeared with Little Opera On the Prairie, Strata New Music Festival, The Canadian Sinfonietta, Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, North York Concert Orchestra, The Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Saskatoon Opera Association, and Edmonton’s Opera Nuova.
Ms. Gibson is a huge fan of recital work and has worked extensively in this vein, most recently (May 2018) alongside pianist Darla MacDiarmid in “Moonsong”, a program of song devoted to our favourite Earth-orbiting object. She has given performances for intimate house concerts, pop-up street concerts (she and co-creator Andre Milne dubbed “drive-by opera”), as well as in many “proper” recital halls. She teaches private lessons - both voice and piano, and has also taught applied voice as a sessional instructor at the UofS.
Though music is almost all she has ever known, there was once just a small departure where she endeavored to learn the craft of tile setting. It was 2 years her back will never forget but she hopes to someday work with stone and tile in some more artistic applications. These days - aside from the music - Laurien keeps busy being mom to a super 8-year old, hiking both urban and forested trails, and enjoying the antics of the family’s three cats.