Laura Mamakos is a Greek lyric-spinto soprano recognized for her dramatic performances, her compelling presence and her luscious tone. She is an engaging and modern classical singer who makes an impact on her audiences.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Laura has lived, studied and performed in the U.S., Italy, Spain and Greece. From a young age she studied music and piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and later she received her Diploma in Voice with with distinction from Kodály Conservatory in Athens.
Although Laura is an accomplished concert soloist, she has also interpreted several roles. In 2017, she had her role debut as Nerone (Monteverdi, L'Incoronazione di Poppea) at the Greek Opera Festival in Athens, and in 2016 as Donna Elvira (Mozart, Don Giovanni) with the Boulder Opera Company in Colorado. Other roles include Musetta (Puccini, La Bohème), Barbarina (Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro), Frasquita (Bizet, Carmen), Annina (Verdi, La Traviata) and The Sandman (Humberdinck, Hansel und Gretel). She is currently expanding her repertoire to Liù (Puccini, Turandot) and Nedda (Leoncavallo, Pagliacci).
In 2018, Laura appeared in the “Lullaby Project” at the Greek National Opera at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, presenting for the first time an original composition in Kurdish for a live-streamed co-production of Carnegie Hall, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and El Sistema Greece.
Laura has performed, and continues to perform, in many unique productions, many of which have been of her own inspiration. Besides mainstream operatic repertoire and performance, she is often drawn towards creatively unconventional productions.
In 2017 she created, produced and performed “One Seven” a solo concert in seven languages with customised video mapping at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. Prior to that she presented “Nekroloulouda” (flowers for the dead), a collaboration with a story teller and a pianist, weaving together opera, poetry, myths, prose, and music. Her other original concerts, collaborations and productions include “Una Noche de Tango” (combining dance with song), “Spring in the Historic Center” (an open-air performance at an archaeological site in Athens), and “De España Vengo” (a concert of Spanish repertoire, from songs to Zarzuela).
Beyond these original productions and concerts Laura is a sought-after soloist and has been invited to perform in festivals and recitals in Greece such as at Fougaro in Nafplio, Malliaropoleio Theatre in Tripoli, the Festival of Ancient Olympia and the Greek Opera Festival.
Some of the venues she has performed at include the Greek National Opera’s Stavros Niarchos Hall, the National Library of Greece, the Parnassos Literary Society, the Half Note Jazz Club, the Benaki Museum, Archaelogical sites and other venues in Athens, Amato Opera in New York, Dickens Opera House in Colorado, Padre Solér Auditorio in Madrid among others.
She has been fortunate to work with conductors like Jorge Rúbio, Dante Mazzola, Tony Amato, David Barón, and Dino Anagnost; stage directors Giancarlo del Monaco, Dimitri Papaioannou, Angeliki Stellatou, Ricardo Campelo and Michael Travis Risner.
Laura speaks fluent English, Greek, Italian, French and Spanish and holds a BA in French and Italian Language and Literature from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an MA in International Relations from NYU (awarded a US government scholarship).
She is President and Co-founder of DionysiaTrust, a non-profit in support of the arts, and she supports worthwhile causes such as the Lifeline charity in New York where she was invited to sing by the Crown Princess Catherine of Serbia. She is part of the Voice Faculty at Kodály Conservatory and is also very proud of her work with El Sistema Greece where she teaches music, chorus and voice to underprivileged children and refugees.