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, performing 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; Phyllis in a new production of Iolanthe and Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro for English National Opera; Adina L’elisir d’amore, Frasquita Carmen and Mabel The Pirates of Penzance for Scottish Opera; Governess The Turn of the Screw (in a new production by Annilese Miskimmon), Tina Flight and Zerlina Don Giovanni for Opera Holland Park; Despina Cosi fan tutte, Gretel Hänsel und Gretel and Susanna Le nozze di Figaro for Opera North; Sandrina La Finta Giardiniera and Edna Tobias and the Angel (by Jonathan Dove) for the Buxton Festival; Valencienne The Merry Widow for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival and Yum Yum The Mikado for Raymond Gubbay Productions in London, Birmingham and Manchester. 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 concert engagements are Mozart’s Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; the St John Passion with the Ulster and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras; 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. With Classical Opera and Ian Page, Ellie has performed Haydn’s cantata Applausus and Zerlina Don Giovanni at Cadogan Hall and made her debut at Wigmore Hall singing Bastienne in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne.
Recent engagements have included the role of Polissena in Handel’s Radamisto, cover Belinda Dido and Aeneas and a semi-staged performance of the St Matthew Passion for English Touring Opera, a return to Opera North to sing Pamina The Magic Flute, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro in her company debut at The Grange Festival, and the title role of Helen in Blackheath Halls’ production of Offenbach’s La Belle Hélenè.
For the 2019-2020 season, Ellie returned to English National Opera to sing Cupid Orpheus in the Underworld and Frasquita Carmen before the global pandemic sadly forced theatres to close.
As theatres began to reopen Ellie returned to The Grange Festival for the Summer season 2021 performing Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, a role she then made her debut with at The Liceu, Barcelona.
Her 2021/22 season commences with a new production of Gilbert&Sullivan's The Gondoliers, playing Gianetta, at Scottish Opera. She will also sing the role of Princess Zara in semi-staged performances of Utopia, Limited.
Future engagements in 2022 include her American debut with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco and Richard Egarr singing Polissena in Handel's Radamisto and a return to The Grange Festival performing the role of Elsie Maynard in The Yeoman of the Guard.