Distinguished soprano Marie McLaughlin has enjoyed more than three decades of performance at the highest international level.
Over that time, she has collaborated with some of the world’s greatest conductors including such legends as the late Leonard Bernstein and Giuseppe Sinopoli, as well as Daniel Barenboim, Bernard Haitink and Sir Antonio Pappano. A wide repertoire of core roles took her around the world at an early age including to the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, and the Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals. Her substantial discography includes many of those roles including Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Sir Neville Marriner for Philips, Despina in Cosi fan tutte with James Levine for Deutsche Grammophon as well as Micaëla in Carmen and Violetta in La Traviata under Bernard Haitink. She made her LA Opera debut in 1996 as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte.
Key roles in today’s repertory include Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro, which has been heard at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Opéra National de Paris, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, at the Salzburg and Ravinia Festivals and at the Metropolitan Opera; La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi at Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Glyndebourne Festival; Madam Larina in Eugene Onegin at Teatro Regio di Torino, Glyndebourne Festival and Opéra de Lille; Despina in Cosi fan tutte at Scottish Opera and the Spoleto Festival; Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Bavarian State Opera; Mrs Grose in The Turn of the Screw at Madrid’s Teatro Real; and Miss Jessel in the same opera at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie and Berlin’s Staatsoper unter den Linden in the highly-acclaimed production by the late Luc Bondy, conducted by Daniel Harding and released on DVD by BelAir Classique.
Equally at ease in contemporary repertoire, Marie McLaughlin has recently created the characters of Lilian Disney in Philip Glass’ The Perfect American at Madrid’s Teatro Real, subsequently in performance at the Brisbane Festival, Mother Needham in Iain Bell’s The Harlot’s Progress at Theater an der Wien, and Abigail Simpson in the world premiere of Julian Grant’s The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare for Boston Lyric Opera. For the 2018/19 season, Marie McLaughlin joins Garsington Opera as Ludmila in Paul Curran’s production of The Bartered Bride, makes her first appearance as Mother Goose in The Rake’s Progress with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski, and creates the role of Annie Chapman in Iain Bell’s new commission Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel for English National Opera. The previous season’s highlights included Meg Page in Robert Carsen’s production of Falstaff for the Royal Opera House under Nicola Luisotti, Mrs Grose in The Turn of the Screw for Berlin’s Staatsoper unter den Linden, and the Older Woman in Jonathan Dove’s Flight for Scottish Opera.