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Scottish soprano Marie McLaughlin made her Royal Opera debut aged 24 as Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) and has since returned regularly to the Company, singing roles including Susanna and Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Musetta (La bohème), Katerina (The Greek Passion), Mrs Meg Page (Falstaff) and La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi). In the 2017/18 Season she sang Meg Page. Her musical theatre credits include The Light in the Piazza (Royal Festival Hall).
McLaughlin was born in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, and studied in Glasgow and at the London Opera Centre. Her talent was noted by Peter Pears, who invited her to perform in masterclasses at Aldeburgh for three successive years. She has performed for companies including Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Grand Théâtre, Geneva, in roles including Susanna, Zerlina, Ilia (Idomeneo), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Despina and Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Gilda (Rigoletto), Micaëla (Carmen), Violetta (La traviata), Marzelline (Fidelio), Musetta and Hanna Glawari (Die lustige Witwe). Key roles in her current repertory include Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicci), Madam Larina (Eugene Onegin), Despina, Alisa (Lucia de Lammermoor) and Mrs Grose and Miss Jessel (Turn of the Screw). Equally at ease in contemporary repertory,her role creations include Lillian Disney (Glass’s The Perfect American) for Teatro Real, Madrid, Mother Needham (Bell’s The Harlot’s Progress) for Theater an der Wien and Abigail Simpson (Julian Grant’s The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare) for Boston Lyric Opera.
McLaughlin has sung in concert with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Bernard Haitink and Giuseppe Sinopoli. Her many recordings include Lieder by Schubert and Strauss.
The Light in the Piazza Florence. Summer 1953. As American Margaret Johnson and her daughter Clara take in the city’s wonders, a fateful gust of wind whisks Clara’s hat into the hands of local dreamer Fabrizio Naccarelli… and it’s amore at first sight. But Clara isn’t quite what she appears, and soon they must all confront a secret that’s been kep...
Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree attending the London premiere of Broadway musical The Light In The Piazza at the Royal Festival Hall. Perry gets goosebumps from the beauty and style of the show and has the added bonus of catching up with several members of the cast afterwards including Dove Cameron, Rob Houchen, Celinde Schoenmaker and Liam Tamne. Oh and did we mention that he bumped into Tony Award-winner Ben Platt too?