“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 recently scripted the Royal Opera House’s new participatory workshops for children, Opera Dots. 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 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). This year she returned to Waterperry to direct The Magic Flute, and next year she will be joining English Touring Opera for their Spring season to direct Cosi fan tutte.

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. This spring Laura led workshops in schools to accompany Opera North’s new production of The Magic Flute.

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.

Projects 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plans for August also include 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.

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

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

Between September and November Laura works 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.

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

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

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