January-March | Director | Snappy Operas | Mahogany Opera Group
Laura joins this nationwide project making opera with young people aged 7-11, premiering five new ten-minute pieces by some of the most exciting composers and writers working in the UK.
February | Visiting Artist | Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities | Wellesley College, MA
Laura will be in residence at this prestigious centre which hosts artists, writers, visiting scholars and other intellectuals.
June-July | Director | The Rape of Lucretia | Trinity Laban Conservatoire
This beautiful, problematic piece comes to life under Laura’s direction, performed by students of Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
August | Director | Don Giovanni | Waterperry Opera Festival
Laura directs the headline production for this new and exciting opera festival hosted at the beautiful Waterperry House & Gardens in Oxfordshire.
September-November | Assistant Director | La Traviata and Behind The Curtain | Glyndebourne Tour
Laura returns to Glyndebourne to take two of their stunning shows on tour.
January-February | Facilitator | Workshops for And So Forth
Laura leads workshops for opera singers as part of a series of unique performer workshops facilitated by And So Forth:
- 19th February: ‘Inside Out/Outside In: Building a Character’
- 26th February: ‘Script vs Score: Theatre for Opera Singers’
February | Participant | The Word Exchange with Arvon | Tate Modern
Laura takes part in a three-day residency at the Tate Modern, responding to artwork and collaborating with visual artists to explore new ways of working. Part of the Tate Exchange programme.
April | Facilitator | Spring Workshops | Glyndebourne Youth Opera
Laura joins an exciting team of opera professionals to give young singers an insight into the artistic disciplines involved in the world of opera.
April-August | Staff Director | Verdi, La Traviata (dir. Tom Cairns) | Glyndebourne
Tom Cairns revives his stunning production of this well loved opera for two runs of performances.
August | Chair | Artist Forum: “What Next?” | And So Forth | Drayton Arms Theatre
Laura chairs this powerful forum for artists on the 11th August, facilitating dialogue about maintaining and developing one’s craft outside of formal training programmes.
August-September | Facilitator | Workshops for And So Forth
Laura curates and facilitates a second series of workshops for performers:
- 20th August: ‘Script vs Score: Acting for Opera Singers’
- 26th August: ‘Preparation and Presentation: Opera Auditions Masterclass’
September | Staging Coordinator | Grenfell Tower Benefit Concert | Cadogan Hall
Some of the world’s leading opera stars join young artists on the stage in support of all affected by the fire, and their local communities. Sunday 17th September.
September-November | Director | Dove, The Enchanted Pig | Hampstead Garden Opera
Laura leads a dynamic new creative team to join HGO in realising Jonathan Dove’s delightful fairy-tale family opera. Performances 10th-19th November.
November | Poet | Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets | The Poetry Business
Laura has three poems featured in this new anthology from the Poetry Business, which showcases work from ‘outstanding poets at an early stage of their writing careers’.
November | Librettist | First Date | Sound Festival, Aberdeen
The premiere of a new pop-up opera by Laura and composer Lewis Murphy, directed by Bill Bankes-Jones of Tête-à-Tête.
November | Librettist | Belongings | Glyndebourne Youth Opera
Laura and composer Lewis Murphy have been commissioned to write a new piece for Glyndebourne Youth Opera. The production will be led by GYO Director Lucy Bradley and GYO Musical Director Lee Reynolds, with design by Ellan Parry.
November | Librettist | Delighted to Announce | Sparks and Wiry Cries SongSLAM competition
A new, satirical, song written with US-based composer Griffin Candey, premieres.