The 2018/2019 season saw award-winning mezzo-soprano Laura Woods sing the role of Marta Iolanta for Opera Holland Park and make her role debut as Wife-Sphinx-Doreen Greek for Grimeborn at The Arcola.
Laura is a recipient of The International Opera Awards Foundation Development Grant 2019 and The Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Award 2019.
The 2019/2020 season will see Laura work with English National Opera, Scottish Opera, English Touring Opera and return to Opera Holland Park as part of their Summer 2020 festival.
Laura received much acclaim in the press for her performance as Polina The Queen of Spades for Opera Holland Park and was nominated for ‘Best Female in a Supporting Role’ for her performance as Wowkle La Fanciulla del West; she has sung Flora La Traviata, Glaša Kát’a Kabanová, Agnes the Digger Fantastic Mr Fox, La Suora Zelatrice Suor Angelica, and Giovanna Rigoletto for the company, also appearing as Zita Gianni Schicchi for the inaugural Christine Collins' Young Artist Programme.
Her broadcasts include In Tune for BBC Radio 3 and Newsnight for BBC Two.
Her engagements elsewhere have included The Witch Mad King Suibhne for Bury Court Opera, Leonora La Favorita for Opera Siam (Bangkok Opera), Mistress Quickly Falstaff for Opéra Berbiguières, Tisbe La Cenerentola for Opera Up Close and Florence Pike Albert Herring for BYO.
Laura is a Bursary recipient from the International Opera Awards and is an alumna of The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and English National Opera's Opera Works programme.
Laura currently works with Rosalind Plowright OBE and New York based voice teacher Pamela Kuhn. Laura has also studied with Susan McCulloch and Christine Cairns and is thankful for previous support from Help Musicians UK and the EMI Music Sound Foundation.