Laura is a librettist, playwright and poet. She has had poetry published in prestigious magazines and zines including The Rialto and Mslexia, and song cycles premiered at Glyndebourne, the Royal College of Music (RCM), the National Gallery and Bard College (NY). Her operas include Then to the elements (Scottish Opera, 2018), Belongings (Glyndebourne, 2017) and Now (RCM/Tête-à-Tête, 2014). Laura is half of creative duo Murphy & Attridge.
Laura has directed pieces of new theatre at venues including the Southwark Playhouse, Arts Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre, and Camden People’s Theatre. Her recent opera direction includes Don Giovanni (Waterperry Opera Festival, 2018), The Rape of Lucretia (Trinity Laban Conservatoire, 2018) and Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig (Hampstead Garden Opera, 2017). As an Assistant/Staff Director she has worked with companies such as Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English Touring Opera and Opera Holland Park.
OUTREACH, EDUCATION & COMMUNITY
Laura is in demand for a large range of outreach, education and community projects. Recent engagements have included leading workshops with the Royal Opera House’s Youth Opera Company and Glyndebourne Youth Opera, directing Snappy Operas for Mahogany Opera Group, and creating and delivering A Manchester Songbook: a project mentoring pairs of composers and writers through the collaborative process.
Laura is founder and Artistic Director of And So Forth (ASF), a company dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration, which aims to facilitate dialogue between the very best emerging artists in opera and theatre. To date, ASF’s projects have included stage productions, concerts, public Q&As, and artist workshops.
Watch the trailer for Laura’s provocative production of Don Giovanni for Waterperry Opera Festival’s inaugural season:
In February Laura is an Artist in Residence at the Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College, Massachusetts.
Between March and May, Laura and Lewis lead ‘A Manchester Songbook’, mentoring composers from the Royal Northern College of Music and writers from The Writing Squad to collaborate to create a series of new songs.
In May Glyndebourne makes the full film of Laura and Lewis’ opera Belongings available to watch online.
A bespoke aria written by Laura and Lewis for one of the exceptional young artists at the National Opera Studio, as part of their project 12:40, premieres in June.
Across June and July Laura directs Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Laura directs the headline production, Don Giovanni, for the inaugural Waterperry Opera Festival, in August.
On September 11th Laura is speaking as part of the 2018 OBERTO Conference at Oxford Brookes University. This year’s theme is ‘Opera and Violence’.
Between September and November Laura is Assistant Director for Glyndebourne’s 2018 Tour revival of La Traviata, and Consultant Director for their innovative new production La Traviata: Behind the Curtain.