Biography

 

Laura graduated from the Benjamin Britten International Opera School in 2007, winning the Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Lies Askonas Prize that year. She subsequently graduated from the National Opera Studio in 2008.


Since then Laura has sung roles with a wide range of companies and built up an extensive operatic repertoire. In the last couple of seasons, she has performed Fiordiligi/Così fan Tutte for ETO, Pamina/The Magic Flute for Scottish Opera, Hero/Béatrice et Bénédict for WNO, and in a staged version of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, which began life in Berlin, then toured to the Bregenz Festival, the Opéra Comique in Paris, Dijon and other European cities between 2011-13. Previous highlights include: Gilda/Rigoletto for the Grange Park Festival, Romilda/Xerxes for ETO, her ENO debut as Kristina in The Makropulos Case, Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni for Opera Holland Park, Helena/A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Countess Almaviva/Le nozze di Figaro for ETO. Her relationship with that company dates back to 2006, when she sang First Witch/Dido and Aeneas as well as Ninfa and Prosperina/Orfeo. She also sang Elisa/Tolomeo for ETO as part of the London Handel Festival, shortly after leaving the NOS. Along with her recent success as Pamina, Laura had previously sung Aldmira in Carissimi’s Erismena and Lidka in Two Widows for Scottish Opera. At ENO, she also covered Musetta in Jonathan Miller’s Bohème.


Concert work includes: Brahms’s Requiem with Lothar Koenigs and the orchestra of WNO; Bach’s St John and St Matthew Passions with the OAE and Mark Padmore at the QEH in London and on tour in South Korea, Japan and Europe; Ismene/Mitridate for WNO with Sir Charles Mackeras; Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Sir David Willcocks, Tippett’s Spirituals, Rutter’s Requiem and Bach’s B Minor Mass, all at St John’s, Smith Square. Among Laura’s many Messiahs, highlights are those with the John Nelson and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, with Lothar Koenigs and the orchestra of WNO, and with Stephen Cleobury at Kings College, Cambridge. For three years running, Laura was the soprano soloist in the Raymond Gubbay Christmas Concerts at the RAH, Royal Festival Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Barbican, which were also televised on Sky Arts.


Laura has given numerous recitals for the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and performed at the Teatro dei Rozzi in Siena, St Peter’s Basilica, the Purcell Room, St Martin’s in the Fields, St James’s in Piccadilly, as well as at the Windsor, Chester and Beaumaris Festivals. She gave her Wigmore Hall solo recital debut in 2012, and was invited back the following year.