Laurie Rogers is director of the Young Artist Program and Head of Music Staff at Opera Saratoga, and has worked nationally and internationally as a conductor, pianist, and vocal coach. During the 2020-21 academic year, as guest faculty at the Peabody Conservatory, she served as music director for Peabody Opera Theatre’s Cosí fan tutte. Last spring, she conducted the world premiere of Michael Ching’s Remove Shoes Before Entering, commissioned by the University of Alabama Opera Theatre, where she served for two years as Music Director; The Consul for Baltimore Concert Opera; and was to have conducted Le nozze di Figaro for the University of Memphis and The Threepenny Opera for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival prior to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.
Other recent productions she has conducted include Le nozze di Figaro and Lucrezia Borgia for the University of Delaware, Trouble in Tahiti for Carnegie Mellon University, Little Women at Simpson College, and Die Fledermaus and Amahl and the Night Visitors for the University of Alabama, as well as preparing Arabella for the Canadian Opera Company.
The New England Conservatory alumna recently served as assistant conductor for Porgy and Bess in Bari, Italy; as a conductor she has led productions in Saratoga, Philadelphia, Texas, New Mexico, and Italy. She served as assistant conductor and in artistic administration for the Opera Company of Philadelphia over the course of 13 seasons; as assistant conductor and music staff at the Dallas Opera for five seasons; and has worked at major opera houses across the country including the Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Opera, Utah Opera, North Carolina Opera, Arizona Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Washington National Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Sarasota Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Glimmerglass Opera, and others. She prepared the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick in Dallas, as well as subsequent productions in San Diego, Washington, and San Francisco (the latter recorded for the Great Performances series on PBS), and covered Maestro James Conlon as well as prompted the Los Angeles Opera production in 2015. She prepared the world premiere at Houston Grand Opera of Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera composed for Frederica von Stade, A Coffin in Egypt, and performed in subsequent productions in Los Angeles and at Lincoln Center.
Rogers gives master classes nationwide, judges the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, has been published in Classical Singer magazine, and has taught at the Professional Advantage singer training program in Mercatello sul Metauro, Italy. She is a native of Greenwich, Connecticut, and holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and Tufts University.