Marie McLaughlin
Soprano

“an energy powerhouse on stage, with a beefed-up lyric soprano to well suit a character role of no small dimension.” (Opera Critic)

Contacts

Shirley Thomson +44 (0)20 3725 9173
Clare Erskine +44 (0)20 3725 9145

Biography

Distinguished soprano Marie McLaughlin has enjoyed more than three decades of performance at the highest international level and continues to delight audiences with her characteristic charm and electric stage presence. 

Distinguished soprano Marie McLaughlin has enjoyed more than three decades of performance at the highest international level and continues to delight audiences with her characteristic charm and electric stage presence. 

Key roles in today’s repertory include Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicci), Madam Larina (Eugene Onegin), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Alisa (Lucia de Lammermoor), Mrs Grose and Miss Jessel (Turn of the Screw). Equally at ease in contemporary repertoire, this season Marie creates the role of 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. She also returns to Berlin’s Staatsoper unter den Linden to reprise her acclaimed Mrs Grose in Turn of the Screw, and to Scottish Opera in her role debut as the Older Woman in Stephen Barlow’s production of Jonathan Dove’s Flight.

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Contacts

Shirley Thomson +44 (0)20 3725 9173
Clare Erskine +44 (0)20 3725 9145

Reviews

“Marie McLaughlin is in fine voice as Walt’s wife Lillian, a part she sings with depth and conviction.” (Opera Magazine, December 2016)

“Marie McLaughlin’s eyes sparkle as much as her dangly ear-rings and, in her (Marcellina’s) vocal duel with Susanna, she is sharp as a pin.” (The Opera Critic, August 2015)

“Marie McLaughlin was a priceless Despina” (Il Giornale della Musica, July 2015)

“Marie McLaughlin is in fine voice as Walt’s wife Lillian, a part she sings with depth and conviction.” (Opera Magazine, December 2016)

“Marie McLaughlin’s eyes sparkle as much as her dangly ear-rings and, in her (Marcellina’s) vocal duel with Susanna, she is sharp as a pin.” (The Opera Critic, August 2015)

“Marie McLaughlin was a priceless Despina” (Il Giornale della Musica, July 2015)

“Beside them Marie McLaughlin…an excellent Mrs Grose, lending her character her own Scottish inflection to excellent effect.” (Bachtrack, November 2014) 

“Mrs Grose, whose role has not been entrusted to a member of the ensemble contrary to the usual practice, but the fresh and young sounding Marie McLaughlin.” (Der Tagesspiegel, November 2014)

“Marie McLaughlin as Lillian Disney… [was] most moving” (Sydney Morning Herald, September 2014)

“Indeed it’s luxury casting throughout, with Marie McLaughlin, herself a former noted Susanna, as a spirited and good looking Marcellina.” (Independent, May 2014)

“Marie McLaughlin is long known for her artistic merits. Here, she impresses as the ruthless (and almost too glamorous) Mother Needham - an energy powerhouse on stage, with a beefed-up lyric soprano to well suit a character role of no small dimension.” (Opera Critic, October 2013)

“Marie McLaughlin puts in a magnetic performance as the ghastly Mother Needham” (Financial Times, October 2013)

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