Laila Cathleen Neuman started her studies in the Netherlands with Christa Pfeiler and Susanna Waleson, before completing her bacherlors cum laude, studying at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan with Margaret Hayward. She received an Erasmus scholarship to study with Breda Zakotnik and Barbara Bonney at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where she obtained her master's degree in Lied and Oratorio with honors.

She participated in masterclasses with, among others, Dalton Baldwin, Evelyn Tubb, Max van Egmond, Johannette Zomer, Trevor Pinnock and Deda Cristina Colonna. She has taken a special interest in baroque music, baroque dance and the art of historic gesture, on which she has been working with Margit Legler en Reinhold Kubik, and is part of The Amsterdam Historical Acting Collective.

Historical Gesture and period acting also brought her in contact with the 'melodrama', in performances of Georg Benda's Medea at the Early music Festival in Utrecht and as Galathée in Pygmalion by J.J.Rousseau, in a production of 'Performing Premodernity' in the historical Cesky Krumlov Theatre and the Riddarhuset in Stockholm.

She sang her debut in Milan as 'Second woman' in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, sang the leading role as 'Melpomene' in Il Parnaso Confuso, and 'Atalanta' in La Corona, both by C.W.v.Gluck in Salzburg, Vienna, Aarhus and Copenhagen. Last October she sang the titel role as 'Didone' in Didone Abbandonata by D. Sarri, with Orkiestra Historyczna at the reopening of the baroque theatre in Valtice in the Czech Republic and Poland. Last may she sang the role of 'Tusnelda' in J.A.Hasse's Arminio, with {OH!} in the Czech Republic and in Poland.

Recent international activities also include performances as a soloist in the Matthäus Passion, Johannes Passion, Oster- and Weihnachts Oratorio by J.S.Bach, the Stabat Maters by G.B. Pergolesi, L. Boccherini, A. Scarlatti and the Requem by Eybler. With Jan Cizmar and Jean-Sébastien Beauvais she created Le Jardin des Plaisirs, performing at the Concentus Moraviae Festival and the REMA showcase of 2015 in Prague.

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