British mezzo soprano Laura Hocking is about to commence studies on the Opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and drama. She previously graduated with a first class honours undergraduate degree from the Royal College of Music, and recently completed her Master of Performance degree there with distinction. She studies with Rosa Mannion. Laura is a Leeds Lieder Festival Young Artist.
Laura is a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton award holder. During her studies she has been kindly supported by a TSH Prince Donatus and Princess Heidi Von Hohenzollern scholarship, a Marjorie Tonks scholarship, the William Gibbs Educational Trust, the Sylvia Harris Award, the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation and a Countess of Munster Award.
Laura’s recent concert work has included being the alto ensemble member with Classical Opera and the Mozartist’s concert tour of Così fan tutte, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Orchestra Age of Enlightenment at the Royal Festival Hall and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Bach’s St John Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle, Vivaldi's Gloria, Handel's Messiah, Walton’s Façade, and Bach cantatas with the London Handel Orchestra and a Mahler song project with Roger Vignoles.
Operatic experience includes Mrs Kneebone in A Dinner Engagement (RCM Opera Studio), the title role in Dido and Aeneas (Hurn Court Opera), Melanto in Il Ritorno D'Ulisse (Suffolk Villages Festival), Nerone in L'Incoronazione di Poppea (The New Renaissance Collective), Amastre in Cavalli's Xerse, Dafne in Caccini's Euridice (Ensemble Orquesta), Zweite Damme in Die Zauberflöte (Broadstone Music Series) and contemporary opera premieres as Angelica in Lara Poe's The Fermi Paradox, and Embryo 3 in Sophie Sparkes' Our Perfect Child (RCM/Tête-à-tête). She has also appeared in the chorus for Hänsel und Gretel (RCMIOS), Die Fledermaus (Iford Arts Festival), Eugene Onegin and Tosca (Opera on Location). In Opera Scenes she has performed the roles of Dorabella, Concepcion, Stephano, Hermia, Ramiro at the RCM. At the Drottningholm Slottsteater, Stockholm, she performed in Handel Opera Scenes as Serse and Sesto.
She has performed in masterclasses with Ann Hallenberg, Ann Murray DBE, Amanda Roocroft, Lynn Eustis and Mark Tucker. Alongside her studies, Laura has participated in British Youth Opera Workshops with John Ramster and Martin Lloyd Evans, Abingdon Summer School and the Wessex Solo Singers Course.
This summer Laura was an Alvarez Young Artist with Garsington Opera for their 2020 season, in which she was cast to cover 2nd Nymph in Rusalka. She is looking forward to participating an online summer course with Performance Arts Lab this August.
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'The incarnation of the now-useless maid Mrs. Kneebone is another example of well-scrutinised study in drama and accurate vocalisation. Laura Hocking lends her both the dropped 't's and 'h's of a cockney young woman and Eliza Doolittle's unmistakable vowels. Effervescent in her ecstasy as she awaits the imminent arrival of the Prince, Hocking unleashes exquisitely well-sustained top notes, whose palpability seems indefatigable. Always attentive to reactions of the other characters, Hocking is immersed in her role to a magnetic extent.'
Broadway World, A Dinner Engagement/Trouble in Tahiti, RCMIOS