British mezzo soprano Laura Hocking 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. Throughout 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. She studies with Rosa Mannion. Laura is a Leeds Lieder Festival 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, 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), La Grosse Dame in Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Royal College of Music International Opera School), 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, and most recently she performed as Sesto and Serse at the Drottningholm Slottsteater, Stockholm.
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 is an Alvarez Young Artist with Garsington Opera for their 2020 season, which has included online seminars and coachings. In September Laura will be commencing studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera Course. Find more details here
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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