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Laura Smith

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Smith, laura

Described as „a spirited young mezzo with a full, fearless voice. A name to watch“ by Gramophone magazine, Scottish Mezzo-Soprano, Laura Margaret Smith is a versatile performer who enjoys an exciting international career.

Laura is a former Scottish Opera Robertson Scholarship Trust Emerging Artist and a graduate of The University of Edinburgh and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Alexander Gibson Opera School and studies with Patricia MacMahon.
Winner of a Young Concert Artists Award from Making Music and The Florence Veitch Ibler Prize for Oratorio, Laura is also an alumna of the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto, a Samling Artist and a Britten-Pears Young Artist. In masterclass, Laura has sung for Dennis O’Neill, Richard Bonynge, Luciana Serra, Daniela Dessi, Sir Thomas Allen, Ann Murray DBE, Ian Partridge, Roderick Williams, Elly Ameling, Felicity Palmer, Jane Eaglen, Lisa Milne, Florian Boesch and Malcolm Martineau.
Laura is a member of the chorus of the Bayreuth Festival and her solo opera roles include La Gobba, Risurrezione – Alfano (Wexford Festival Opera), Angiolina, La Cenerentola (Scottish Opera Unwrapped), Ordinary Person, Inés de Castro (Scottish Opera), Witch, Macbeth (Scottish Opera Tour), the title role in Carmen (Edinburgh Grand Opera), Amahl, Amahl and the Night Visitors (Opera Bohemia), Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scottish Opera/RCS), Ottavia, L’Incoronazione di Poppea (RCS), Lucretia, The rape of Lucretia (RCS) and Florence Pike, Albert Herring (RCS).

A keen interpreter of contemporary music, Laura created the role of Vaila to critical acclaim in Gareth Williams’ & Chris Stout’s Shetland opera, Hirda with NOISE (New Opera in Scotland Events) at Celtic Connections. In Julian Wagstaff’s operas, she created the roles of Clarissa in The Turing Test and Chrissie Miller in Breathe Freely; the latter is available on Linn records. Laura has premièred many new vocal works including John Maxwell Geddes‘ A Castle Mills Suite, recorded for Delphian Records, Lliam Paterson’s Spirit of the Place (Aye Write Festival) and Maciej Granat’s Requiem (West End Festival).

An experienced recital singer, Laura recently performed at the Melbourne Recital Centre with the Edinburgh International Festival’s pioneering Art of Listening Programme. In recital, Laura has performed at the Yehudi Menuhin Centenary Concert at Kings Place, St. Martin-in-the-fields, The Usher Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and for BBC Radio 3. Laura also enjoys ensemble singing and sings with The Dunedin Consort and contemporary women’s voice group, Scottish Voices.


Beim PODIUM Festival 2018 zu sehen:

Mittwoch, 02.05. – the little match girl passion (SCALA)
Mittwoch, 02.05. – the little match girl passion (SCALA)
Donnerstag, 03.05 – Sessions (Central Theater)
Donnerstag, 03.05. – the little match girl passion (SCALA)
Donnerstag, 03.05. – the little match girl passion (SCALA)
Freitag, 04.05. – Erlösung! (Frauenkirche Esslingen)