Distinguished soprano Marie McLaughlin has enjoyed more than four decades of performance at the highest international level. Over that time, she has collaborated with some of the world’s greatest conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Bernard Haitink, Sir Antonio Pappano, Leonard Bernstein and Giuseppe Sinopoli. A wide repertoire of core roles took McLaughlin around the world at an early age including to the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Opéra National de Paris and Salzburg and Glyndebourne festivals. Her substantial discography includes many of those roles including Zerlina Don Giovanni with Sir Neville Marriner for Philips, Despina Così fan tutte with James Levine for Deutsche Grammophon and Micaëla Carmen and Violetta La traviata under Bernard Haitink.
Key roles in today’s repertory include Marcellina, Le nozze di Figaro (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 Gianni Schicci (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Glyndebourne Festival); Madame Larina Eugene Onegin (Teatro Regio di Torino, Glyndebourne Festival and Opéra de Lille); Despina Così fan tutte ( Scottish Opera and the Spoleto Festival), Mrs Grose The Turn of the Screw (Teatro Real Madrid and Berlin’s Staatsoper unter den Linden), and Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw in the late Luc Bondy’s acclaimed production at Aix-en-Provence Festival and Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, 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 The Perfect American by Philip Glass (Teatro Real Madrid); Mother Needham in The Harlot’s Progress by Iain Bell (Theater an der Wien), Abigail Simpson in the world premiere of The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare by Julian Grant (Boston Lyric Opera), and latterly Annie Chapman Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel by Iain Bell (English National Opera),
Recent highlights have included Meg Page in Robert Carsen’s production of Falstaff (Royal Opera House under Nicola Luisotti), Older Woman in Jonathan Dove’s Flight (Scottish Opera); Mother Goose The Rake’s Progress with London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski and Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro both at Salzburg’s Mozartwoche under Sir András Schiff and in James Gray’s new production at Los Angeles Opera under James Conlon.
Marie McLaughlin recently portrayed the character of Signora Naccarelli in Daniel Evans’ hit production The Light in the Piazza which toured to LA Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago following its critically-acclaimed debut run at London’s Southbank Centre.