British mezzo soprano Laura Fleur 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 2022 Garsington Alvarez Young Artist.
Operatic experience includes Ernestina in L’Occasione fa il Ladro (British Youth Opera at Opera Holland Park), Donna and Lady Fortune in Judith Weir's Miss Fortune, Armelinde in Viardot’s Cendrillon and Véronique in Le Docteur Miracle, Pompea in The Little Green Swallow (Guildhall Opera), Ruggiero in Alcina (Ensemble Orquesta at Grimeborn Festival), 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), and Nerone in L'Incoronazione di Poppea (The New Renaissance Collective). In contemporary operas she has premiered Venus in Paradise Garden, Elise in The Apothecary (Guildhall Opera Makers), Angelica in The Fermi Paradox, and Embryo 3 in 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, Octavian and L'Enfant at the GSMD. At the Drottningholm Slottsteater, Stockholm, she performed in Handel Opera Scenes as Serse and Sesto.
Laura’s recent concert highlights have included making her Barbican Hall debut singing Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Roberto González-Monjas, 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, and Bach cantatas with the London Handel Orchestra and a Mahler song project with Roger Vignoles.
She has performed in masterclasses with Ann Hallenberg, Ann Murray DBE, Amanda Roocroft, Lynn Eustis, Ian Page and Mark Tucker. Laura was recently a finalist in the 2021 Maureen Lehane vocal awards. 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, a Countess of Munster Award and the Pimlott Foundation. During her studies she has been kindly supported by the Guildhall School, the William Gibbs Educational Trust and the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation.
Laura is looking forward to making her debut at Garsington Opera as Speranza in Monteverdi’s Orfeo.
"Laura Fleur outstanding as the knight, Ruggiero."
Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian, Alcina at Grimeborn Festival 2021
"As Berenice's companion, Laura Fleur proved delightfully sunny and engaging, a lively presence yet someone for whom complexity lay underneath. And vocally, Fleur provided a lovely foil to Fisk, and impressed in her solo moments."
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill, Ernestina in L'Occasione fa il ladro with British Youth Opera 2021