Ellie Laugharne

Ellie Laugharne


Representation: General Management


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.


Full Biography

Ellie Laugharne studied on the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Opera course after graduating from Birmingham University and Birmingham Conservatoire.  Ellie’s studies at GSMD were supported by the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, the Music Students’ Hostel Trust, the John Wates Charitable Trust and Serena Fenwick. She also won the 2011 Musicians’ Benevolent Fund Maggie Teyte Prize and Miriam Licette Scholarship.  Ellie was a Jerwood Young Artist with Glyndebourne in 2012, and is a Samling Artist.

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 Titania A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Since then she has appeared in the title role in Stephen Oliver’s Euridice and Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro (British Youth Opera), Edna in Jonathan Dove’s Tobias and the Angel and Sandrina La Finta Giardiniera (Buxton Festival), First Bridesmaid Le Nozze di Figaro (Glyndebourne Festival) Lucia The Rape of Lucretia, Barbarina and Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro (Glyndebourne on Tour), Mabel The Pirates of Penzance and Frasquita Carmen (Scottish Opera), Governess Turn of the Screw and Tina Flight (Opera Holland Park), Valencienne Merry Widow (International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival) and Barbarina for ENO and Opera North, where she also stepped in at the last minute as Susanna.  Ellie is currently an Associate Artist with Classical Opera, where she has sung Emirena Adriano in Siria, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni at Cadogan Hall.  She recently appeared as Despina Cosi fan tutte (Opera North), and as Auretta in Mozart’s unfinished opera L’oca del Cairo, completed by Stephen Oliver for the London Mozart Players.

In concert, Ellie has performed Yum Yum The Mikado in Birmingham, Manchester and at the Royal Festival Hall, and has given recitals in the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House, Kings Place and at the Ryedale Festival. She also sang a pre-concert recital at the Barbican Hall for the LSO, and performed Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy at the Edinburgh International Festival. Recently, she has performed Bach’s St John Passion with Ulster Orchestra, and a programme of music commemorating the Battle of the Somme for Brighton Festival.

This season, Ellie returns to Scottish Opera as Adina L’elisir d’amore. She will also cover / sing Gretel Hänsel und Gretel as an Associate Artist with Opera North, as well as giving concerts with the Orchestra of Opera North and Aleksander Markovic.  She will sing Zerlina in Don Giovanni for Holland Park Opera this summer.


Artist Website: www.ellielaugharne.co.uk

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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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Colin Judson and Ellie Laugharne star in The Marriage of Figaro

October 10th, 2014

Mozart’s well-loved opera brought to life at ENO

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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)
01223 706023

Assistant Artist Manager

Caroline Slade (Cambridge)
01223 706414