Marie McLaughlin sings Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro) for The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season, reprising the role from the 2010 revival. She made her debut with The Royal Opera aged 24, as Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) and over the past 35 years has appeared regularly on the Royal Opera House main stage in repertory ranging from Zerlina (Don Giovanni) to Musetta (La bohème). Her recent roles for The Royal Opera have included Katerina (The Greek Passion), Mrs Meg Page (Falstaff) and La Ciesca (Gianni Schicci).
Born in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, McLaughlin 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) at the Salzburg Festival, Geneva, for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Vienna State Opera and The Royal Opera, Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Ilia (Idomeneo) at the Vienna State Opera and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at Glyndebourne. She has appeared in concert with major conductors including Bernstein and Haitink, and has made many recordings, including Schubert and Strauss Lieder with Graham Johnson.
Mclaughin lives in southern England and 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