“Director Laura Attridge…put over the action with remarkable lucidity”
– Opera Magazine
“…sustains exhilarating momentum”
– The Stage
“Simple, authentic and quietly heartbreaking, this…is the perfect example of a fringe show holding an enormous candle to its big-stage counterparts”
– Fringe Opera
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About Laura

WRITING
Laura 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 A Different Story (Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre, 2019), Then to the elements (Scottish Opera, 2018), Belongings (Glyndebourne, 2017) and Now (RCM/Tête-à-Tête, 2014). Laura is currently writing the text for a new oratorio on the subject of climate change for Buxton International Festival, with composer Kate Whitley. She is half of creative duo Murphy & Attridge.

DIRECTING
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 The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni (Waterperry Opera Festival, 2019 and 2018, respectively), The Rape of Lucretia (Trinity Laban Conservatoire, 2018) and Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig (Hampstead Garden Opera, 2017). This Spring she directs Cosi fan tutte for English Touring Opera.

LEARNING & PARTICIPATION
Laura is in demand for a large range of outreach, education and community projects. Recent engagements have included leading teacher training for the Royal Opera House, 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.

Click here to read Laura’s full biography.

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Latest News & Dates

Projects 2020

February sees the first international premiere of Belongings (by Laura and composer Lewis Murphy) at Minnesota Opera.

Laura directs a new production of Cosi fan tutte for English Touring Opera, with performances at numerous venues across the UK between February and May.

In March Laura leads more ‘Create and Sing’ teacher training workshops for the Royal Opera House.

Laura’s interactive adaptation of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel for the Royal Opera House’s Opera Dots programme is performed again in March.

March also sees Laura working with scholars and fellows of Independent Opera on their audition preparation and technique.

Laura’s poems, BirdYoga and Photo Booth are published as part of project ‘Staying Home’ from The Writing Squad.

Laura curates three ‘Distance Dialogues’ for The Writing Squad in June, facilitating discussion between writers on subjects practical and philosophical.

An interview with Laura and composer Kate Whitley about their new oratorio is broadcast as part of the Buxton International Festival’s digital programme in July, featuring an exclusive sharing of some material from the commission. Watch now:

 

In August composer Lewis Murphy and Laura (as Murphy & Attridge) will be discussing the art of writing opera, and previewing their new commission, ARC23, as part of the Leeds Opera Festival. Watch along live and send in questions! Full details here.

Murphy & Attridge’s new online project, Notes from Isolationlaunches in August, featuring bespoke songs inspired by, written for, and performed by eight singers in lockdown.

The Royal Opera House have commissioned a new art song from Laura and composer Lillie Harris, premiere TBC.

Remainder of 2020 diary TBC, dependent on current events.


Projects 2019

Across October and December Laura directed an abridged version of A Different Story at the Royal Opera House with their Youth Opera Company, for a private studio performance.

In October Laura led teacher training for the Royal Opera House as part of their ‘Create and Sing’ programme.

Between September and November Laura worked with After Eden Productions and Kentish Town Primary school towards an abridged performance of Brundibar as part of this incredible event at the Jewish Museum, London.

Laura joined the panel for the end-of-day discussion at the 2019 OBERTO conference, on the theme of ‘The Canon Reloaded’, in September.

In September Laura’s Opera Dots script was performed again at the Royal Opera House.

August included a residency for Laura at The Red House in Aldeburgh, alongside composer Lewis Murphy, as part of Wild Plum ArtsMADE AT THE RED HOUSE scheme.

A new opera by Murphy & Attridge, A Different Story, written for the Royal Opera House’s Youth Opera Company to celebrate its 10th Anniversary, premiered in the Linbury Theatre in August.

July saw Laura join forces again with conductor Bertie Baigent at Waterperry Opera Festival, for a new production of The Magic Flute.

An extract from Laura’s Opera Dots ‘Hansel & Gretel’ script was showcased as part of Dots Day at the Royal Opera House in June.

Between March and July Laura returned to Glyndebourne, assisting Richard Jones on his new production of Berlioz’s ‘dramatic legend’ La Damnation de Faust.

Across February and March Laura worked with Opera North, delivering workshops to accompany their programme of schools’ matinees of The Magic Flute.

In January Laura led ‘Create and Sing’ teacher training workshops for the Royal Opera House.

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