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Marie McLaughlin



Marie McLaughlin in action.
Marie McLaughlin in Gianni Schicchi, The Royal Opera © ROH/Johan Persson, 2009

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).

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). Further engagements include Marcellina for the Liceu, Barcelona, Paris Opéra, Berlin State Opera and the Ravinia and Edinburgh festivals, Madame Larina (Eugene Onegin) in Turin, Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas) for Teatro Real, Madrid, Mrs Grose (The Turn of the Screw) for Berlin State Opera and Despina for Spoleto Festival. Role creations include Lillian Disney (Glass’s The Perfect American) for Teatro Real and Mother Needham (Bell’s The Harlot’s Progress) for Theater an der Wien.

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.