American soprano Joanna Bruno:

“Laura has a gift that cannot be taught.
​Beyond the magnificent colors she gifts us

with her voice, her mastery of language

and skill of communication, painting each word,

each phrase, with its unique shape and emphasis...

It is a gift that must be shared with the world.

I cannot wait to hear her record a classical album.

She is the whole package. An exquisite artist.” 

Press & Reviews:

CARMEN, August 2019

Daze Magazine
"Puerto Rican mezzo-soprano Laura Virella hits all the right notes—she’s flirtatious, sensual, sympathetic, full of fire and delivers a stellar vocal performance." 

FRIDA, June 2017

The LA Times

“An instantly believable Frida, a capable singer and actor, compelling on stage.”

CARMEN, August 2019

Opera Canada
"Mezzo Laura Virella made a strong impression as Carmen. She presented a very sexy, defiant femme fatale, indeed."

CARMEN, August 2019
"As Carmen, Virella is sensual, uninhibited and liberated – a Carmen for our times."

FRIDA, June 2017

Hoy LA
"Virella is a spectacular Frida, absolutely  eloquent in her feminist, liberal, and revolutionary sermons, and fully convincing in her representation of the physical and mental pain that were inseparable parts of Frida's existence." 

FRIDA, June 2017

LA Weekly
"Puerto Rican mezzo-soprano Laura Virella is vibrant in the title role."


FRIDA, June 2017

Hoy LA

"And already, the focus of attention was on Laura Virella, who plays the role of Frida with a conviction and vocal power worth hearing in person."

FRIDA, June 2017

People's World

"The fine Puerto Rican mezzo-soprano Laura Virella, making her LBO debut, is almost always on stage in the title role, negotiating not only the music but moving around both on her own two legs and by wheelchair. She totally looks and inhabits the part."


FRIDA, June 2017


"Laura Virella is a vibrant Frida with an attractive, plush sound."

FRIDA, June 2017


"Frida [was] played with feisty intensity by Puerto Rican mezzo-soprano Laura Virella." 

FRIDA, June 2017

Culture Spot LA

"Venezuelan-American lyric baritone Bernardo Bermudez and Puerto Rican mezzo-soprano Laura Virella were exceptional in their leading roles."

FRIDA, June 2017


"Laura Virella in the title role possesses a bright, luminescent mezzo that at once conveys Kahlo's passion and her pain. A completely realized performance, singing and acting with both beauty, when called for, and intensity."


FRIDA, June 2017

Easy Reader News

"Mezzo-soprano Laura Virella is compelling as Frida, and Bernardo Bermudez, a lyric baritone, is a fine match. They don't sing many arias together, but when they do, it's hard to resist being pulled in and embraced by their voices." 


Voce di Meche

"As Maddalena, mezzo-soprano Laura Virella was totally believable--just as vulnerable to the charms of the Duke as Gilda was--and convincingly persuasive with her brother as she begged him to spare the Duke's life, even as he sings the famous 'La donna è mobile', driving the audience wild." 

CARMEN, July 2015

La Vanguardia

"The fabulous Laura Virella's Carmen is excellent, as she powerfully begins her career."

OCTAVIAN, August 2012

Kleine Zeitung

"Worldwide beloved Kammersängerin Linda Watson impressed with her precise phrasing and interpretation, as did Laura Virella, from Puerto Rico, with her fervent Octavian."

Susan Mardinly, Porfessor of Voice, Hartt School of Music

"Laura has a wonderfully trained voice, a beautiful presence, superb musicianship, and really good diction. However, it was her soulful interpretation that is so stunning it made me hang on every word, every nuance. Singers, especially mezzos, Run to hear her when she is in town!!"


DC Theatre Scene

"Mezzo-soprano Laura Virella, as Luisa, demonstrates an impressive emotional range in her acting as she effortlessly projects nuance from ebullience to melancholia in her phrasing."



As the Old Woman, mezzo Laura Virella was the greatest standout of this show. She gave us singing that was beautiful and acting that was just histrionic enough. Her comic timing was the best of the evening. It was clear Miss Virella was having tremendous fun.


The Opera Insider

"Laura Virella used her rich mezzo to great advantage in the hilarious role of The Old Lady."


DC Theatre Scene

"The title role is sung by silky-toned mezzo--soprano Laura Virella, with a sweet innocence that evolves into the fiery indignation of the rejected woman."


Washington Times

"All, especially the rich mezzo-soprano Laura Virella, are gifted singers."


El Nuevo Día

"Virella could very well be singing at the Vienna Staatsoper."


Baltimore Sun

"Laura Virella's Carmen couldn't have been much more sensual without inviting a police raid."


El Nuevo Día

"Virella, at a very early age, already communicates with transparent sincerity, from her educated and privileged lower register, the fervor of this marvelous doxology text to the Trinity."