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, 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 Arts‘ MADE AT THE RED HOUSE scheme.
Between September and November Laura was Assistant Director for Glyndebourne’s 2018 Tour revival of La Traviata, and Consultant Director for their innovative new production La Traviata: Behind the Curtain.
In October the Royal Opera House launched its new music programme for under-5s, Opera Dots, with its first participatory workshops scripted by Laura.
On September 11th Laura spoke as part of the 2018 OBERTO Conference at Oxford Brookes University. The theme was ‘Opera and Violence’.
Laura directed the headline production, Don Giovanni, for the inaugural Waterperry Opera Festival, in August.
In July Laura co-ran a day of workshops at the Royal Opera House for their Youth Opera Company.
Across June and July Laura directed Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
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, premiered in June.
Between March and May, Laura and Lewis led ‘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.
April saw the premiere of Laura and composer Lewis Murphy’s piece, ‘Then to the elements’ by Scottish Opera‘s Connect Company.
Laura joined Mahogany Opera Group for their innovative project ‘Snappy Operas’, directing five new ten-minute operas performed by primary school children in March.
In February Laura was an Artist in Residence at the Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College, Massachusetts.