Laura D’Angelo - Living her dreams

2018/03/08 - Written by Marisa Iacobucci
Laura D’Angelo, photo by Luigi Pullano
Laura D’Angelo, photo by Luigi Pullano
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When you’re young, ambitious and no stranger to the stage or praise, it’s not easy to see that the road to success can sometimes come from failure. This was the case for Laura D’Angelo, now 25, who became sick and lost her voice during live graduate school auditions for The Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music and Western University. 

From taking voice lessons since she was 10 and four years of vocal training at the University of Toronto during her undergrad studies, as well as hours of audition prep, she was suddenly faced with an uncertain future. 

D’Angelo took the year off to think about her next move, which proved to be a positive step in her life. During her time off from music, D’Angelo worked for a few marketing companies and discovered her love for marketing and communications, something she says she never would have figured out otherwise. But this didn’t mean that she was giving up on her music. “I started to realize that I could still pursue my passion for singing while also having a job in the ‘real world’. I could do both,” explains D’Angelo.

Laura D’Angelo, photo by Luigi Pullano

Last summer, she placed first in Canada at the 2017 National Music Festival in the Classical Voice Category. She also received the Simons Award for Song Interpretation. “For aspiring musicians, or anyone really, I would say to not fear failure as failure, is often what leads us exactly on the path that we are meant to be on,” says D’Angelo.

 

“For aspiring musicians, or anyone really, I would say to not fear failure as failure,

is often what leads us exactly on the path that we are meant to be on”

 

She went back to school – earning a Masters in Professional Communications from Ryerson University in 2016 – and currently works as a freelance communications specialist and a promotions representative for Rogers radio stations. While singing may not be her “day job,” D’Angelo continues to train and take private voice lessons. 

D’Angelo first discovered her love for music singing in choirs as a kid. She joined the Italian choir at the Columbus Centre when she was 10 and travelled with the choir to Italy. Later, she went on to join the Toronto Children’s Chorus where she was a chorister for six years and toured 

Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. She went to Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts in high school and was a voice major. Upon entering the bachelor of music program at the University of Toronto, she was given an Alexander Kinghorn Scholarship for gifted first year music students, eventually earning her Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice in 2014.  

Laura D’Angelo, photo by Luigi Pullano

Her solo musical endeavours have extended to her participation in the theatre of art song program at the Vancouver International Song Institute, as well as Opera Nuova in Edmonton. D’Angelo currently lives with her family and teacup Chihuahua Tia in North York. Her father’s family hails from Roccamorice, Pescara, Abruzzo. Her mother is Canadian with American, British and Dutch roots. D’Angelo considers her nonni to be her second set of parents because they played a huge role in her upbringing and helped shape her into the person that she is today. “My nonno and nonna lived on my street and would take me to school every day and watch me while my parents were at work,” she recalls. 

These days, D’Angelo is happy with the way things turned out. Besides working her day job and performing in competitions, D’Angelo enjoys spending time with her family, carrying on Italian traditions and keeping busy with friends, exploring the city’s culinary and musical offerings. “Everything is always working out for you, even when it feels like it’s not! And every success and failure in your life is meant to bring you one step closer towards where you are truly meant to be.”

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