Ellie Laugharne

Ellie Laugharne

SOPRANO

Representation: General Management

Overview

Soprano Ellie Laugharne studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and was a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne where she sang Lucia in Rape of Lucretia and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro on tour.   Ellie’s natural stage presence and beautiful soprano make her a joy to watch in performance. Her repertoire includes the Governess in Turn of the Screw and Tina in Jonathan Dove’s Flight, both of which she sang for Opera Holland Park.   Ellie has also appeared at English National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera and the Buxton Festival.

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Full Biography

Ellie Laugharne studied on the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Opera course after graduating from Birmingham University and Birmingham Conservatoire.  In 2012 she was a Jerwood Young Artist for the Glyndebourne Festival and more recently an Associate Artist for Opera North. Ellie is currently a Samling Artist and an Associate Artist of the Classical Opera Company.

Ellie’s operatic appearances have included: Susanna Le nozze di Figaro and Lucia The Rape of Lucretia (in a new production by Fiona Shaw) for Glyndebourne on Tour; Adina L’elisir d’amore; Frasquita Carmen and Mabel The Pirates of Penzance for Scottish Opera; The Governess The Turn of the Screw (in a new production by Annilese Miskimmon) and Tina Flight for Opera Holland Park; Sandrina La Finta Giardiniera and Edna Tobias and the Angel (by Jonathan Dove) for the Buxton Festival; Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro for English National Opera; Valencienne The Merry Widow for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival; Yum Yum The Mikado for Raymond Gubbay Productions in London, Birmingham and Manchester and Despina Cosi fan tutte and Susanna Le nozze di Figaro for Opera North. At GSMD, Ellie’s roles included Sophie Werther, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, Frasquita Carmen, Morgana Alcina, Nanetta Falstaff, Marzelline Fidelio, Anna Reich Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor and Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Among her recent concert engagements are the St John Passion with the Ulster Orchestra; Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy at the Edinburgh International Festival; a programme of music commemorating the Battle of the Somme for Brighton Festival; Auretta in Mozart’s unfinished opera L’oca del Cairo, completed by Stephen Oliver for the London Mozart Players and recitals for Glyndebourne, Opera North, the Ryedale Festival and with the Myrthen Ensemble.

Recent engagements include Gretel Hänsel und Gretel for Opera North, Zerlina Don Giovanni for Opera Holland Park and the Classical Opera Company.

Ellie returns to English National Opera in the 2017/18 season as Phyllis in a new production of Iolanthe directed by Cal McCrystal, as well as singing Temperantia in Haydn’s rarely performed one-act cantata Applausus with Classical Opera.

Artist Website: www.ellielaugharne.co.uk

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Email: Evie Parker

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News

Don Giovanni opens at Opera Holland Park

June 2nd, 2017

HC artists Ellie Laugharne and Ashley Riches star in Mozart’s bodice ripper based on an italian libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte

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Dazeley and Laugharne in Cosi fan Tutte

January 29th, 2016

Opera North revive Tim Albery’s much loved production

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Soprano Ellie Laugharne takes ‘Flight’

June 5th, 2015

Jonathan Dove’s opera in a new staging for Opera Holland Park

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Reviews

Donizetti THE ELIXIR OF LOVE (Scottish Opera)

“We were rewarded with an agile, well-schooled cast that seized their solo chances while blending together seamlessly. None did this more engagingly than Ellie Laugharne’s Adina, her glamorous trouser outfits suggesting a 1930s fashion goddess, with slim blonde looks, expressive persona and fragrant vocalità to match. This classy soprano made music of Donizetti’s decorative flourishes. She also gave meaning to the words and inhabited the stage like a natural: a joy to behold.”
Andrew Clark, Opera Magazine (Nov 2016)

“But there are some fine turns, particularly from soprano Ellie Laugharne, whose Adina is breezy and warmhearted, a natural for comic timing, a genuinely magnetic stage presence and a creamy and nimble voice. None of the rest of the cast matches her.”
Kate Molleson, The Guardian (Sept 2016)

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“Ellie Laugharne as the teasing Adina is a constant fascination, both as actor and singer, finding that essential mix of social confidence and private vulnerability.”
Ken Walton, The Scotsman (Sept 2016)

“Ellie Laugharne sings the role of Adina convincingly, with a rich, potent voice.”
Miranda Heggie, Herald Scotland (Sept 2016)

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Mozart COSI FAN TUTTE, Opera North

“…a versatile Ellie Laugharne as Despina, a cheeky soubrette who at times steals the show as she bustles around as maid, doctor and lawyer. For much of the time she has a faintly Japanese look, with what appear to be red chopsticks in her hair, her soprano is fresh, her diction crystal-sharp. Her Act II aria “A woman at fifteen years old” (Una donna a quindici anni) is truly memorable.”
Richard Wilcocks, Bachtrack (4 February 2016)

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Mozart THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, English National Opera (Oct 2014)

“Ellie Laugharne was a delight”
Mark Ronan, Theatre Reviews (17 October 2014)

“A very fine Barbarina from Ellie Laugharne”
Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk (17 October 2014)

“Ellie Laugharne gives an eyecatching performance as a tipsy Barbarina, with beautiful ornamentation at the end of her “L’ho perduta”
Charlotte Valori, Bachtrack (20 October 2014)

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Britten TURN OF THE SCREW, Opera Holland Park (July 2014)

“Ellie Laugharne shines as the Governess, saving herself for the final moments, but her voice gleaming throughout”
Erica Jeal, The Guardian (2 July 2014)

“Rightly, the heart of the opera is Ellie Laugharne’s governess … she combines beauty of sound with nerve-shredding vulnerability”
Neil Fisher, The Times (3 July 2014)

 

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Artist Manager

Sue Nicholls (Cambridge)
sue.nicholls@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706023

Assistant Artist Manager

Evie Parker (Cambridge)
evie.parker@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706414