Ellie Laugharne studied on the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Opera course after graduating from Birmingham University and Birmingham Conservatoire. Ellie won the 2011 Musicians Benevolent Fund Maggie Teyte Prize and Miriam Licette Scholarship and performed a recital in the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House. In 2012 she was a Jerwood Young Artist for the Glyndebourne Festival and more recently an Associate Artist for Opera North. She is also 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.
Among her recent concert engagements Ellie has performed the St John Passion with both the Ulster Orchestra and The Bournemouth Sypmphony Chorus; 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 both Opera Holland Park and Classical Opera and Temperantia in Haydn’s rarely performed cantata Applausus with Classical Opera at the Cadogan Hall.
Ellie has just completed a highly successful run of Iolanthe performing the role of Phyllis in a new production directed by Cal McCrystal for English National Opera and next season she looks forward to many debuts including Polissena in Handel’s Radamisto for English Touring Opera; Bastienne in Bastien und Bastienne at the Wigmore Hall with Classical Opera; Pamina in a new production of The Magic Flute at Opera North and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro for The Grange Festival.