Australian-born soprano Laura King commenced her music studies at age four, studying piano with Neta Maughan and Jeanell Carrigan. Experience as a child singer with Opera Australia instilled in her a passion for singing and operatic performance. After gaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts with majors in performance art and photography, Laura dedicated herself to becoming a professional soprano. Laura holds a BFA (COFA) UNSW, LmusA (Dis.) -Voice, and CmusA- Piano.
Laura is the proud winner of The Mietta Song Competition 2016. As well as winning the Mietta prize, Laura won the O’Donnell family prize (a scholarship to Italy), and the Arnold and Mary Bram prize for best Australian song. The Mietta Song Competition was adjudicated by Dame Felicity Lott, Peter Coleman Wright AO, Caroline Almonte and Peter Coleman-Wright.
Her other notable performances this year include: Annina in La Traviata with Opera Projects Sydney, Eleonora in Prima la musica e poi le parole (Salieri) Bare Bones Opera, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with Illawarra Choral Society.
In September she will make her Sydney Opera House debut as a principal artist in Pecan Summer with Short Black Opera.
Also in 2016 Laura and her artistic partner, Christopher Curcuruto, have started a joint venture in setting up their opera company, Bare Bones Opera. They are launching their company in August with a Mozart & Salieri Triple Bill.
2015 was an exciting year for Laura. For the 2nd time she was selected as a young artist with Pacific Opera. As part of their Young Artist Program she performed the roles of The Rooster and The Woodpecker, and was the cover for the title role in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, conducted by Alexander Briger. Other Major performances included Mrs Nolan in Menotti’s The Medium with Opera Prometheus and The Messiah, Handel with Illawarra Choral Society, Wollongong Town Hall. A Highlight of the year was performing as a solo artist at the international gala of Turkey In Music at the Capitol Theatre Sydney. 2015 was The Year Of Turkey in Australia, and the gala was the opening event of a cross-cultural exchange between Turkey and Australia, to commemorate Gallipoli. Laura was a semi-finalist in the MacDonald Operatic Aria adjudicated by Rosamund Illing and John Boltan Wood, AM.
Laura performed with Sydney Independent Opera as Rosette in Love by Lanternlight by Offenbach, as a featured artist and solo recitalist with Newcastle Festival Opera, and as an ensemble cast member with Bel Canto Foundation and in Opera New England’s production of La Bohème. She was selected as a master class participant and reserve semi-finalist in The Mietta Song Competition. She won several Sydney Eisteddfod awards most notably second place in the Lieder competition.
2013 and Before
In 2013 Laura was selected for the Young Artist program with Pacific Opera and performed the role of Countess Almaviva in Pacific Opera’s production of Le nozze di Figaro. Along with singing at many galas and recitals, she also took part in master classes and workshops with industry greats, including Lauris Elms and Christine Douglas. Laura was a guest artist in the chamber concert series Remembrance, performing a selection of Lieder with pianist Catherine Davis and clarinetist Andrew Kennedy. She also took part in several master classes with Newcastle Festival Opera, performing excerpts from Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers. She was a chorus member in Pacific Opera’s 2011 production of Die Zauberflöte.