“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

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.

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.

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) discuss the art of writing opera, and preview their new commission, ARC23, as part of the Leeds Opera Festival. Watch now:

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 World Awakens’, the final movement of Laura’s new oratorio, Our Future In Your Hands, premieres in October in Gloucester Cathedral alongside travelling installation Gaiain the form of a digital choir project produced by the Multi-Story Orchestra.

In November and December Laura hosts online forums for the Friends of Blackheath Halls, discussing the Royal Opera House’s most recent productions of Carmen and Don Giovanni.

‘The Place Beyond Tomorrow’, a joint project between Glyndebourne and Minnesota Opera‘s youth companies, culminates in December with the sharing of a cross-Atlantic digital performance of ‘Lullaby’ from Laura and Lewis’ opera Belongings. Watch now:

The audio recording of ‘The World Awakens’ features as part of mobile digital artwork Travelling Light from Squidsoup in December

‘The World Awakens’ premieres online with a beautiful animation and performances from over 350 singers and instrumentalists. Watch now:

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

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