Ellie Laugharne began her vocal training at the Birmingham Conservatoire, having previously completed a degree in Music at Birmingham University, and went on to further her studies on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During her studies she sang the title role in Stephen Oliver's Euridice for British Youth Opera; Edna in Tobias and the Angel (Dove) at the Buxton Operatic Festival and Pamina Die Zauberflöte whilst at university. Ellie has also performed a variety of roles in scenes at GSMD and with BYO including Sophie in Werther, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Frasquita in Carmen, Morgana in Alcina, Nannetta in Falstaff and Marzelline in Fidelio.
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. She has also performed a number of concerts at the Ryedale Festival accompanied by Christopher Glynn and is a Samling Artist.
Ellieʹs studies at GSMD were generously supported by the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, the Music Students’ Hostel Trust, the John Wates Charitable Trust and Serena Fenwick. Engagements during her time studying included Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro for BYO; Anna Reich in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor and Tytania in A Midsummer Nightʹs Dream, both for GSMD; a pre-LSO recital at the Barbican Hall, a concert with pianist Ivana Gavrić at Kingʹs Place in London, and First Bridesmaid in Le nozze di Figaro for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and at the 2012 BBC Proms.
Further roles have included Barbarina and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro for Glyndebourne on Tour, Sophie (cover) in Werther for Scottish Opera, Yum-Yum in concert performances of The Mikado in Birmingham, Manchester and Londonʹs Royal Festival Hall, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance for Scottish Opera, Sandrina in La Finta Giardiniera for the Buxton Festival, Valencienne in The Merry Widow at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, Norina (cover) in Don Pasquale for Scottish Opera. Ellie was a Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artist for the 2012 Festival and sang Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 2013.
Recent engagements include Governess in The Turn of the Screw with Opera Holland Park, workshops for the premiere of Between Two Worlds with Deborah Warner for ENO, Mozart Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall, Barbarina/Susanna (cover) in Le Nozze di Figaro for both ENO and Opera North, Emirena in Adriano in Siria for Classical Opera, with whom she is currently an Associate Artist, Tina in Flight for OHP, Beethoven Choral Fanstasy at the Edinburgh International Festival, Frasquita in Scottish Opera's revival of Carmen and Despina for Opera North's Cosi fan tutte. Most recently Ellie made her debut with the Ulster Orchestra performing Bach's St John Passion conducted by Jac van Steen and sang the role of Auretta in the British premiere of Mozart's L'oca del Cairo completed by Stephen Oliver with David Parry and the London Mozart Players at St John's Smith Square.
Subsequent engagments include Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Classical Opera at the Cadogan Hall, Adina in L'elisir d'amore for Scottish Opera and Gretel (cover and 4 full performances) alongside a series of Viennese concerts with Aleksandar Markovic for Opera North.