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 Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Musetta (La bohème), Katerina (The Greek Passion), Mrs Meg Page (Falstaff), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicci) and Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro).
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. Her roles internationally have included Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival, Zerlina and Ilia (Idomeneo) for Vienna State Opera and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) for Glyndebourne Festival. She has appeared in concert with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein and Bernard Haitink, and has made many recordings, including Schubert and Strauss Lieder with Graham Johnson.
Mclaughin works throughout Europe as a singing teacher.
Marie McLaughlin as Marcellina and Christophoros Stamboglis as Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH / Mark Douet 2014
Christophoros Stamboglis as Bartolo and Marie McLaughlin as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH / Mark Douet 2014
Rebecca Evans as Nella, Alan Oke as Gherardo, Francesco Demuro as Rinuccio, Robert Poulton as Marco, Elena Zilio as Zita, Gwynne Howell as Simone, Marie McLaughlin as La Ciesca and Jeremy White as Betto Di Signa in Gianni Schicchi © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011
Marie McLaughlin in Gianni Schicchi, The Royal Opera © ROH/Johan Persson, 2009