Laura Attridge is a dynamic young maker of opera and theatre with a passion for collaborative creative work, and an artistic vision which aims to balance integrity and innovation.
As a writer, Laura has had poetry published in prestigious magazines and zines including The Rialto and Mslexia, and is featured in the new anthology Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets. Her song cycles have been premiered at Glyndebourne, the Royal College of Music (RCM), the National Gallery and Bard College (New York). With First Class Honours in English Literature from Newcastle University and postgraduate training in Vocal Studies from the RCM, her love of the relationship between words and music has led to many fruitful collaborations with composers. Notably, Laura’s ongoing creative partnership with composer Lewis Murphy – as duo Murphy & Attridge – has thus far produced numerous works for the stage: Then to the elements (2018, Scottish Opera), Belongings (2017, Glyndebourne), First Date (2017, Sound Festival), Damsel/Wife/Witch (2015, And So Forth) and Now (2014, RCM and Tête-à-Tête Festival). June 2018 saw Laura and Lewis’ latest commission, an aria from an imagined full opera entitled Keeping the Light, premiered by the National Opera Studio as part of the 12:40 project. Upcoming projects include a new commission for the Royal Opera House‘s Youth Opera Company, celebrating the programme’s 10th Anniversary, to be performed in the Linbury Theatre later this year.
Laura has directed new pieces of theatre at venues including the Southwark Playhouse, Arts Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre and Etcetera Theatre. Her opera direction to date includes Don Giovanni for Waterperry Opera Festival (2018), The Rape of Lucretia for Trinity Laban Conservatoire (2018), Snappy Operas for Mahogany Opera (2018), 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). She has also been an Assistant/Staff director for companies such as Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Glyndebourne Tour, English Touring Opera, Opera Holland Park, Blackheath Halls Opera and British Youth Opera. 2019 sees Laura return to Waterperry Opera Festival to direct The Magic Flute, and to Glyndebourne to assist director Richard Jones on a new production of Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust.
As comfortable in a workshop as in a rehearsal, Laura is also in demand as a facilitator and leader for a whole range of different projects. Work to date with children, young people and communities has included projects with the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Youth Opera, HMDT Music, the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, W11 Opera and Blackheath Halls Opera. In 2018 Laura created and co-led A Manchester Songbook, a new project pairing composers from the Royal Northern College of Music and writers from The Writing Squad, and mentoring each pair through the collaborative process to create a new song. In 2019 Laura joins the team at Opera North to deliver education workshops alongside the schools’ matinee programme of The Magic Flute.
Laura was also the founder and Artistic Director of And So Forth (2014-18), a company dedicated to interdisciplinary exploration and the facilitation of dialogue between the very best emerging artists in opera and theatre. Laura directed and co-wrote And So Forth’s inaugural production, Damsel/Wife/Witch (2015), for two actors and a mezzo-soprano; other work with the company included the hosting of Q&As with established artists, and the curation and facilitation of a series of development workshops for performers.
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