“a staggering amount of determination & skill on display” – Views from the Gods
“incredibly meticulous & well executed” – The Grumpy Gay Critic
“sensitive understanding of the opera’s emotional framework” – Fringe Opera

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About Laura

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 Now (RCM/Tête-à-Tête, 2014), P.U.C.K. (RCM, 2015), Belongings (Glyndebourne, 2017), First Date (Sound Festival, 2017) and Then to the elements (Scottish Opera, 2018). Laura forms half of creative duo Murphy & Attridge.

Laura has directed pieces of new theatre at venues including the Southwark Playhouse, Arts Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre and Etcetera Theatre. Her opera direction includes Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig for Hampstead Garden Opera (2017) and two France/UK tours for Opera Loki (Così fan tutte, 2016; La Bohème, 2015). As an Assistant/Staff Director she has worked with companies such as Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera Holland Park and British Youth Opera.

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 workshops.

Laura works regularly as a facilitator and animateur for a large range of projects. Recent engagements have included workshops with the Royal Opera House’s Youth Opera Company, numerous sessions for Glyndebourne Youth Opera, artistic development workshops for emerging opera singers via And So Forth, and ‘Loud in the Library’ for W11 Opera.

Click here to read Laura’s full biography…

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Latest News & Dates

Watch the trailer for Laura’s provocative production of Don Giovanni for Waterperry Opera Festival’s inaugural season:

Projects 2018

In February Laura will be an Artist in Residence at the Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College, Massachusetts.

Laura joins Mahogany Opera Group for their innovative project ‘Snappy Operas’, directing five new ten-minute operas to be performed by primary school children in March.

April sees the premiere of Laura and composer Lewis Murphy’s piece, ‘Then to the elements’ by Scottish Opera‘s Connect Company.

Between March and May, Laura and Lewis will 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 will be making the full film of Laura and Lewis’ opera Belongings temporarily 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 will be directing Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

In July Laura co-runs a day of workshops at the Royal Opera House for their Youth Opera Company.

Laura will direct the headline production, Don Giovanni, for the inaugural Waterperry Opera Festival, in August.

On September 11th Laura will be 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 will be Assistant Director for Glyndebourne’s 2018 Tour, on La Traviata and Behind the Curtain.


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