Tessa Victoria Laengert talks her career and her dream role in La Bohème
I live a life full of love, passion, death, loss, joy, tragedy and anger. I am an opera singer.
A career in opera isn’t something people decide on. You feel it, experience it and fall in love with it. This happened to me at the age of 13 while on stage with The Canadian Opera Company in their production of Boris Godunov. I was completely entranced by the passion and enormous sound from the singers and the beauty of the music. I remember going home and telling my mother that my whole life had changed that evening. There is no question that this experience had a profound impact on me and was the beginning of my career.
I sang with the Canadian Children’s Opera Company with leading roles in many of their operas. I was a child chorister and supernumerary with the Canadian Opera Company in several operas and trained with private voice teachers and coaches. At the University of Toronto, I earned a degree in Voice Performance, and soon afterward I sang my first title role as Mimi in La Bohème with Toronto’s Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. La Bohème is so emotionally powerful and has some of the most beautiful music ever written - what a dream it was for me to perform this role! Since then I have often included arias from this particular opera in concert recitals and orchestral debuts. I am thrilled that the Metropolitan Opera will be broadcasting La Bohème LIVE in HD on February 24, 2018 in Cineplex movie theatres!
Next month I will be touring for my second year with Shoestring Opera as Gretel in their production of Hansel and Gretel, as well as preparing for my upcoming recital in Toronto. I continue to audition, train and perform and you just never know when an opportunity will pop up. I had the wonderful pleasure of performing opera arias at Langdon Hall last month and now look forward to this new season with much excitement and anticipation. When I’m not rehearsing or performing, you might find me in the park enjoying life with my twin 16-month-old daughters.