Laura margaret Smith

Laura margaret Smith

Coloratura Mezzo-Soprano

"A spirited young mezzo with a full, fearless voice. A name to watch." Gramophone Magazine
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Described as "a spirited young mezzo with a full, fearless voice. A name to watch" by Gramophone magazine, Scottish Mezzo-Soprano Laura Margaret Smith enjoys an exciting career performing in the UK and Europe, both as an opera singer and recitalist. A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Alexander Gibson Opera School under the tutelage of Clare Shearer, she then joined Scottish Opera as the Robertson Scholarship Trust Emerging Artist 2014/15. Laura now studies with Patricia MacMahon.

Laura was successful in many of the Conservatoire's competitions, including the Governor's Recital Prize, Ye Cronies Opera Prize, Frank Spedding Lieder Prize, Margaret Dick Award for singing and the Hugh Roberton Scots Song Prize and was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier competition. Laura was awarded a Caird Trust Scholarship during her time at the Royal Conservatoire and holds a 'Making Music' Award for Young Concert Artists and a Musicians Benevolent Fund Postgraduate Performance Award.

    Laura was selected to participate in the prestigious Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in Italy in 2013 with Dennis O’Neill, Richard Bonynge, Luciana Serra and Daniela Dessi. She is a Samling Artist and Britten-Pears Young Artist, and studied with Sir Thomas Allen, Ann Murray DBE and Ian Partridge. Laura has sung in masterclasses with Roderick Williams, Elly Ameling (Leeds Lieder+ Festival), Felicity Palmer, Jane Eaglen, Lisa Milne, Florian Boesch (BBC, Glasgow City Halls) and Malcolm Martineau (Edinburgh International Festival).

    Laura was invited to join the Bayreuther Festspielchor in 2015 and 2016 and covered the role of 4.Edelknaben in Lohengrin. Her operatic roles include Ordinary Person, Inés de Castro (Scottish Opera), Cenerentola, La Cenerentola (Scottish Opera unwrapped), Third Witch, Macbeth (Scottish Opera), the title role in Carmen (Edinburgh Grand Opera), Amahl, Amahl and the Night Visitors (Opera Bohemia), Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RCS/Scottish Opera), Ottavia, L’Incoronazione di Poppea (RCS), Lucretia, The rape of Lucretia (RCS) and Florence Pike, Albert Herring (RCS). Laura is a keen interpreter of contemporary opera and has created the roles of Vaila in Gareth Williams & Chris Stout's critically acclaimed Shetland opera, Hirda (NOISE), and the roles of Chrissie Miller and Clarissa in Julian Wagstaff's operas, The Turing Test (Edinburgh International Festival) and Breathe Freely (Scottish Opera/University of Edinburgh). The latter is available on Linn records.

    Winner of the Florence Veitch Ibler Oratorio prize, Laura performs regularly as a concert soloist. Her concert repertoire is diverse and includes Handel Messiah and Dixit Dominus, J.S. Bach Magnificat, Vivaldi Gloria and Beatus Vir, Mozart Requiem, Coronation Mass and Solemn Vespers, Haydn Nelson Mass, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Mendelssohn Elijah, Schumann Der Rose Pilgerfahrt, Dvorak Stabat Mater, Rachmaninoff All Night Vigil, Vaughan-Williams Magnificat, Duruflé Requiem, Britten The World of the Spirit and the world première of Maciej Granat's Requiem.

    Laura recently recorded the Brahms Alto & Viola songs for BBC Radio 3, and other concert highlights include performing at the Yehudi Menuhin Centenary Concert in Kings Place, London, a recital at St. Martin-in-the-fields with pianist Timothy End, a concert of Mozart arias Scottish Opera Orchestra under Jean-Luc Tingaud, soloist in the première of Ron Corp’s The Wayfarer under Ron Corp, Royal Festival Hall and soloist in Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst under Eric Whitacre, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Germany.
Laura recently premièred John Maxwell-Geddes' A Castle Mills Suite with pianist, Geoffrey Tanti, which is now available on Delphian Records' disc Luminate: a celebration of 30 years of Live Music Now Scotland.

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