Winner of the Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the 2007 Lies Askonas Prize, Laura Mitchell studied at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio.
Her operatic engagements have included engagements have included Héro Béatrice et Bénédict for Welsh National Opera, Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romilda Xerxes, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte and Countess Almaviva The Marriage of Figaro for English Touring Opera, Elisa Tolomeo for the London Handel Festival, Kristina The Makropulos Case for English National Opera, Donna Elvira Don Giovannifor Opera Holland Park, Pamina The Magic Flute for Scottish Opera and Gilda Rigoletto for Grange Park Opera, as well as a staged version of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, which began life in Berlin, then toured to the Bregenz Festival and the Opéra Comique in Paris, as well as to other European cities between.
Laura Mitchell sings regularly in concert, highlights including the St John Passion and the St Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Mark Padmore in London and on tour in Europe and the Far East, Britten War Requiem at the Sheffield Octagon, Messiah with King’s College, Cambridge, conducted by Stephen Cleobury and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg conducted by John Nelson, Elijah at the Hexham Festival and Ismene Mitridate, Ré di Ponto for Welsh National Opera conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras. She has also appeared in Christmas Concerts for Raymond Gubbay Ltd at London’s Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.
Laura Mitchell’s recital engagements have included performances at the Teatro dei Rozzi in Siena, St Peter’s Basilica, the Purcell Room, St Martin’s in the Fields, St James’s in Piccadilly, the Wigmore Hall and the Beaumaris, Chester and Windsor Festivals.
Her current engagements include further performances as Romilda Xerxes and her debut in the title of Tosca, both for English Touring Opera, and Haydn Nelson Mass with the Orchestra of Radio France. For Raymond Gubbay Ltd, she will sing Messiah at London’s Royal Festival Hall and a Grand Organ Gala at the Royal Albert Hall.
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Héro: Béatrice et Bénédict / Welsh National Opera
“Laura Mitchell has moments of real splendour in Hero’s extraordinary Act 1 aria with its huge written-out cadenza…”
The Arts Desk
“The voices of Laura Mitchell and Anna Burford were beautifully blended and counterpointed here, the darkness of Anna Burford’s voice and the light clarity of Laura Mitchell’s working together to beautiful effect, a ravishing moment of stillness. Mitchell was also impressive in her spectacular aria earlier in Act I (‘Je vais le voir, je vais le voir’) where she handled the cadenza with considerable aplomb.”
Seen and Heard International
Romilda: Xerxes / English Touring Opera
“Particularly good…the soprano Laura Mitchell, whose technically accomplished and emotionally clear Romilda both leads the opera's brave excursion from comedy into tragedy and returns to tell the tale.”
“No praise can be too high for…the bewitching Laura Mitchell as Romilda…”
“With outstanding work from (Julia) Riley, (Paula) Sides and (Laura) Mitchell…”
Independent on Sunday
“Laura Mitchell’s radiantly sung, ravishingly adorable Romilda…”
What’s On Stage
Romilda: Xerxes / English Touring Opera 2016 Revival
“…oh, what voices. Mitchell’s soaring beauty was equally matched by her nimble dexterity, and every aria was a pearl.”
"Laura Mitchell produces an exquisite soaring sound as Romilda."
“Laura Mitchell’s Romilda, superbly spirited and singing with appropriately cut-glass artistry…”
"Laura Mitchell displayed strong vocal and stage presence as the proud, high-spirited Romilda and coped well with the coloratura demands, using her virtuosity, power and clean tone to demonstrate flashing feistiness."
"Romilda, sung with hospital-corner precision by Laura Mitchell. "
“Soprano Laura Mitchell and countertenor Clint van der Linde also return from the earlier cast, quite splendid as Romilda and Arsamenes respectively.”
What’s On Stage
Fiordiligi: Così fan tutte / English Touring Opera
“Mitchell does both her big arias proud.”
'Laura Mitchell’s soprano moulds the troubled psyche of her role with high musical intelligence'
Donna Elvira: Don Giovanni / Opera Holland Park
“Of a fine trio of leading ladies, the palm goes to Laura Mitchell, who shone as a fiery yet sympathetic Donna Elvira with singing of impressive fluency and precision.”
“…Laura Mitchell’s heart-rending Donna Elvira…”
Pamina: The Magic Flute / Scottish Opera
“Laura Mitchell makes a lovely Pamina.”
Countess Almaviva: The Marriage of Figaro / English Touring Opera
“…Laura Mitchell sang the Countess’ two arias beautifully…”
“…the most accomplished portrayal of the evening,..”
Gilda: Rigoletto / Grange Park Opera
“Laura Mitchell sings the role of Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda with impeccable command.“
“For me, the star of the evening was Laura Mitchell as Gilda…”
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