KYRIE LAYBOURN, soprano, made her Eklund Opera debut as Gertrude in last season’s "Hänsel und Gretel." Laybourn is currently a second-year Master of Music student under the mentorship of John Seesholtz and holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Oklahoma City University. Laybourn's 2020-2021 season included her portrayal of the title role in Barber’s "Vanessa," winning the 2020 Regional NATS Singer of the Year, and debuting Mozart’s Countess Almaviva in "Le Nozze di Figaro." Other roles include: The Gingerbread Witch ("Hänsel und Gretel"), Rosine ("Signor Deluso"), and Santuzza ("Cavalleria Rusticana"). Follow her on Instagram (@kyrielaybourn).