British mezzo soprano Laura Fleur Hocking is studying on the Opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and drama. She previously graduated with a first class honours undergraduate degree and a Master of Performance degree with distinction from the Royal College of Music. She studies with Susan Waters. Laura is a 2019 Leeds Lieder Festival Young Artist and a 2020 Garsington Alvarez Young Artist.
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, Stravinsky's Pulcinella with the Guildhall Chamber Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle, Vivaldi's Gloria, Handel's Messiah and Bach cantatas with the London Handel Orchestra and a Mahler song project with Roger Vignoles.
Operatic experience includes Pompea in Jonathan Dove's The Little Green Swallow (Guildhall Opera) 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 Dame 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). In Summer 2020 she was cast to cover Second Nymph in Garsington Opera's production of Rusalka. In Opera Scenes she has performed the roles of Dorabella, Concepcion, Stephano, Hermia, Ramiro at the RCM, and Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito), Marie (Written on Skin), Béatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict), Mercédès and L'Enfant at the GSMD. 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.
Laura is a Wax Chandlers’ Scholar and is supported by The Margery and Stephen Wright Eisinger Award, a Help Musicians Sybil Tutton award and the Pimlott Foundation. During her studies she has been kindly supported by the Guildhall School, the William Gibbs Educational Trust, the Pimlott Foundation, the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation and a Countess of Munster Award.
Upcoming engagements include premiering the role of Venus in Paradise Garden, a new chamber opera by Emily Hazrati and Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh at GSMD, and this summer she will be joining BYO at Opera Holland Park as Ernestina in Rossini's L'Occasione fa il Ladro.
'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