Laura Ruhi-Vidal - soprano

Soprano Laura Ruhí-Vidal (born in 1990 in Girona, Spain) is currently studying the second and last year of Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, supported by The Leverhulme Arts Scholarship and The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers. She was also awarded and supported by The Thompson Educational Trust and The Scholarship Fund of the City of London Corporation. Laura graduated with distinction qualifications on the BMus (Hons) classical singing degree at the same school; she has received singing tuition from Professor Susan McCulloch and Scott Johnson, among other coaches.

Her concert experience includes performances with pianist Rodrigo de Vera and Maite Aguirre (performing for the Anglo-Spanish Society and the Spanish Ambassador in London); collaborations with Gavin Roberts in the Song in the City concert series, lieder recitals in London in the Schumann Series and The Song Guild (directed by Graham Johnson), the Mendelssohn Festival (directed by Eugene Asti) and the distinguished ‘Schubertíada Festival in Vilabertran’ (Spain). Moreover, Laura is a member of the ‘Maria Camahort Quintet’: a chamber group exploring the Spanish classical and traditional folk music. The ensemble has performed at the Purcell Room (Southbank Centre), St Martin in the Fields, Kings Place, The Forge, The Bath Guitar Festival, The Edinburgh Guitar & Music Festival, Oxford, and in the theatre production of Lorca’s Blood Wedding, at Guildhall Silk St Theatre, directed by Christian Burgess (October 2012). The ensemble has recently recorded their first CD with Convivium Records and it will be released this coming spring, with concerts at Guildhall Milton Court in London and The Sage in Newcastle.

Some of the roles that she has performed in operatic excerpts include Erisbe (L’Ormindo) by Cavalli; Dorinda (Orlando), Morgana (Alcina), Atalanta (Serse) by Handel; Serpetta (La finta giardiniera), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Papagena and First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) by Mozart; Adina (L’elisir d’amore) and Marie (La fille du régiment) by Donizetti; Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) by Bellini; Clorinda (La Cenerentola) by Rossini; La Princesse Laoula (L’étoile) by Chabrier; Eurydice (Orphée aux enfers) by Offenbach; Frasquita (Carmen) by Bizet; Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) by Strauss; Barbarina (The little green swallow) by Jonathan Dove; Susana (Pedro Páramo) by Stephen McNeff; cover roles comprise Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro, March 2013) and Cricket/Parrot (The adventures of Pinocchio, March 2014) both Guildhall opera productions.

Laura made her Barbican Theatre debut singing Fairy Mustardseed in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (March 2012), a Guildhall opera production in the Barbican, conducted by Stephen Barlow and directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans.

On April 2013 Laura sang for the renowned tenor Juan Diego Flórez, a masterclass at the LSO St Luke’s in London, organized through the Barbican Corporation (repertoire included Marie from Donizetti’s La fille du régiment and Spanish Zarzuela).

On June 2013 she gratefully collaborated with the chorus of Opera North company (working with Anthony Kraus as chorus master), singing in Britten’s Peter Grimes at the 66th Aldeburgh Musical Festival, under Steuart Bedford conducting the Britten-Pears Orchestra, and James Holmes as head of music and assistant conductor (performances included ‘Peter Grimes in concert’ at Snape Maltings, and ‘Grimes on the Beach’ in Aldeburgh, both part of the Britten Centenary Celebrations).

Laura has performed with orchestras and choral societies such as the Southampton Choral Society (singing soprano II in J.S.Bach’s Mass in B minor), and the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra, singing the lead role in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (July 2013). Other oratorio performances include Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de confessore and Requiem in D minor amongst others.

Laura made her Barbican Hall debut singing the role ‘Le feu’ and ‘Le rossignol’ in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dominic Wheeler (April 2014).

She has also sung in opera festivals in London such as Tête à tête (July 2014), where she performed the main role ‘Girl’ in the recently premiered contemporary chamber opera East of the Sun, West of the Moon by James Garner (premièred early in 2014 at the Studio Theatre, Milton Court).

She recently sang the role Bathsheba in The Cunning Peasant by Dvoȓák, directed by Stephen Medcalf, and Norina in I pazzi per progetto by Donizetti directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans, both conducted by Dominic Wheeler (productions at Guildhall School). Future performances include the role Aphrodite in Phaedra by Henze (8th and 12th June) at the Silk St Theatre (conducted by Timothy Redmond and directed by Ashley Dean).