Laura Elizabeth Sheerin

Lyric Soprano




Laura was the recipient of the Yamaha Vocal Scholarship 2009/10 and a Headley Trust Bursary 2010/11 and she also received a Young Musicians’ Platform award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the BBC for 2013-15.


Laura’s principal roles at the RNCM include: Micaëla (Carmen), Vespina (L’infedeltà delusa). In operatic excerpts, Laura has performed the roles of Manon (Manon), Suzel (L’amico Fritz), Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress).


On the operatic stage Laura has performed role of Geraldine (A Hand of Bridge), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel) NI Opera, cover Venus (Orpheus in the Underworld) Scottish Opera & NI Opera, Susan (A Dinner Engagement) Wexford Festival Opera. Laura has also (World) premiered the role of Zerlina (Madame X - Benjamin) at the Grimeborne Festival and premiered (UK) the role of Marie (Le gateau d'anniversaire - Benjamin) with Radius Music.


On the concert platform, highlights include performances with the Ulster Orchestra and BBC Radio, Quercus Ensemble at the City of London Festival and St John’s Smith Square, Mozart Requiem, Handel Messiah and Bach St John Passion with the Chiswick Choir and Orchestra, Strauss Vier letzte Lieder with the Sheffield Symphony Orchestra, Gounod St Cecelia’s Mass and Monteverdi Vespers at the St Gauderic Music Festival in Mirepoix. Laura is currently studying with world renowned soprano, Nelly Mircioiu, mentor to the young artists on the Jette Parker YAP at the Royal Opera House. 


Operatic Roles


    •    Zerlina in Madame X: Benjamin, Radius Music at the Grimeborn Festival, August - September 2014

    •    Geraldine in A Hand of Bridge: Barber, NI Opera, Touring Northern Ireland, May - August 2013

    •    Dido in Dido and Aeneas: Purcell, NI Opera, July 2013

    •    Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel: Humperdinck, NI Opera, Gaiety Theatre Dublin, Nov 2012

    •    Susan in A Dinner Engagement: Berkeley, Wexford Festival Opera Shortworks Nov 2012

    •    Venus (Cover), Orpheus in the Underworld: OffenbachScottish Opera and NI Opera co-production Aug-Nov 2011 

    •    Marie in Le gateau d’anniversaire: Benjamin, Purcell Room - Southbank Sep 2010

    •    Dido in Dido and Aeneas: Purcell, Manchester Consort, Chorlton Arts Festival, St. Clement’s Church 2009

Operatic Scenes 

    •    Manon in Manon: Massenet, Mediterranean Opera Studio, July 2015

    •    Suzel in L'amico Fritz: Mascagni, Mediterranean Opera Studio, July 2015

    •    Rusalka in Rusalka: Dvorak, Mediterranean Opera Studio, July 2015

    •    Nannetta in Falstaff: Verdi, Mediterranean Opera Studio, July 2015

    •    Liù in Turandot: Puccini, Mediterranean Opera Studio, July 2014

    •    Norina in Don Pasquale: Donizetti, Italian Opera Summer School July 2014

    •    Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro: Mozart, Italian Opera Summer School July 2014
    •    Clorinda in La Cenerentola: Rossini, Italian Opera Summer School July 2014

Orchestral Concerts



    •    Operatic Recital with Ulster Orchestra, ACNI and BBC Radio Ulster, Sounds Classical 2014

    •    Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder, March 2012, Sheffield Symphony Orchestra, Sheffield

    •    Gala and Viennese concerts series, Orchestra dell’arte, June & October 2011, June 2012, 

    •    Mahler: Symphony No. 4 & Golijov: Night of the Flying Horses, RNCM Symphony Orchestra May 2011




Awards and Bursaries


    •    Young Musicians' Platform Award, Arts Council NI 2013-15

    •    Headley Trust Bursary 2010-2011

     •    Prix Madonna Prize RNCM 2010

    •    YAMAHA Vocal Scholarship 2009-2010



Television and Radio appearances


    •    Soloist. Music City Day BBC Radio Ulster's Sounds Classical 2015

    •    Operatic Recital with the Ulster Orchestra and BBC Radio Ulster's Sounds Classical 2014

    •    Performed on BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘Sounds Classical’ programme 2013

    •    Featured as a soloist in ‘Lesser Spotted Culture’ UTV Documentary 2013

    •    Appeared as a soloist on ‘Seacht’, BBC N.I. Irish language TV drama, 2011



Oratorio Soloist in:  


    •    Haydn: Maria Theresa Mass, Hook Choral Society 2014

    •    Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle, Uttoxeter Choral Society 2013

    •    Bach: St John Passion, Chiswick Choir and Orchestra, 2013

    •    Monteverdi: Vespers, Mozart: Solemn Vespers, Gounod: St Cecelia Mass, St Gauderic Festival de Musique, 2012

    •    Clipper Race Homecoming festival, Derry (N.I.) 2012

    •    Mozart: Requiem, Chiswick Choir and Orchestra, London, 2011 and Belfast Philharmonic, Feb 2013

    •    Mozart: Mass in C minor, King Edward Music Society, Macclesfield 2011

    •    Rutter's Gloria, Ulster Orchestra, Ulster Hall - Belfast & Guildhall - Derry 2011

    •    Mozart: Exultate Jubilate, Haydn: Little Organ Mass, Fauré: Requiem, Ecclesall Parish Church, Sheffield 2010

    •    Schubert: Mass in G, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, Todmordam Town Hall, 2010

    •    Haydn: Seasons, Gatley Choral Society, Gatley, 2010

    •    Rutter: Requiem, The Sage, Gateshead, Northern Sinfonia, June 2010

    •    Handel: Messiah - Guildhall 2009, First Derry Presbyterian Church 2011, City of Derry Civic Choirs

    •    Handel: Saul, RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester Consort 2009

    •    Duruflé: Requiem, St. Ann’s Church, Manchester Consort 2009



Opera Galas 


    •    NI Opera Festival of Voice, County Antrim, August 2012

    •    Concert at the Courtyard, Newtownabbey 2013

    •    Belfast Film Festival, St. Anne’s Cathedral, April 2013

    •    Stendhal Festival, Limavady 2013

    •    Shoreline Festival, Jordanstown 2013

    •    Opera in the Gardens, Antrim Castle 2013

    •    Arran Summer School, Sept 2010

    •    Crosby Hall, June 2010



Lieder and Art Song Recitals 


    •    Quercus Ensemble, Songs, Games and Dances at the Cafe de Paris, NI Tour, 2015

    •    Quercus Ensemble, Songs, Games and Dances, St John's Smith Square, 2014


    •    Britten Anniversary Recital, Harty Room QUB 2013

    •    Quercus Ensemble, Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees, City of London Festival, 2013

    •    Leigh Music Society, 2013

    •    Oxford Lieder Festival, Holywell Music Room 2010

    •    Christchurch, Derry 2008, 2009, 2010

    •    Emmanuel Church, Didsbury 2009

    •    Crosby Hall, Liverpool 2009

    •    Friends of RNCM, Lord Rhodes Room, 2009



Operatic Experience (RNCM)


    •    Micaëla in Carmen: Bizet, RNCM 2010

    •    Manon in Manon: Massenet, (Excerpt) RNCM 2011

    •    Suzel in L’amico Fritz: Mascagni (Excerpt) RNCM 2010

    •    Anne Trulove in The Rake's Progress: Stravinsky (Excerpt) RNCM 2010

    •    Vespina in L’infedeltà delusa: Haydn (Semi-staged concert) RNCM 2009

    •    Despina in Cosí fan tutte: Mozart, (Excerpt) RNCM 2009

    •    Pallade in The Coronation of Poppea: Monteverdi, (Excerpt) RNCM 2008

    •    Belinda in Dido and Aeneas: Purcell, (Excerpt) RNCM 2008

    •    L’écureuil (Squirrel) in L’enfant et les Sortilèges: Ravel RNCM 2008

    •    Bridesmaid in Le Nozze di Figaro: Mozart, RNCM 2007

    •    Frog in The Cunning Little Vixen: Janacek, RNCM 2006



Opera Chorus Experience


    •    Wagner: The Flying Dutchman, NI Opera 2013

    •    Delius: A village Romeo and Juliet, Wexford Festival Opera 2012

    •    Cilea: L'Arlesiana, Wexford Festival Opera 2012

    •    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, The Bruntwood Theatre, RNCM 2007

    •    Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, The Bruntwood Theatre, RNCM 2007

    •    Gilbert & Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore’ & ‘The Mikado, Gawsworth Hall 2007-2008

    •    Weill: The Threepenny Opera, The Studio Theatre, RNCM 2006

    •    Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen, The Studio Theatre, RNCM 2006

    •    Beethoven: Fidelio, Millennium Forum, Derry 2005

    •    Puccini: La Rondine, The Bruntwood Theatre, RNCM 2005




Masterclass Experience


    •    Jack LiVigni - Mediterranean Opera Studio 2015
    •    Salvatore Fisichella - Mediterranean Opera Studio 2015
    •    Jack LiVIgni - Mediterranean Opera Studio 2014

    •    Salvatore Fisichella - Mediterranean Opera Studio 2014

    •    Mary King - Italian Opera Summer School 2014

    •    Roy Laughllin - NI Opera YAP 2013

    •    Paul Deegan - NI Opera YAP 2013

    •    Iain Burnside - Glenarm Festival of Voice, Antrim, 2012 and NI Opera YAP 2013

    •    Katherine Harries - Glenarm Festival of Voice, Antrim, 2012 and NI Opera YAP 2013

    •    David Gowland - Glenarm Festival of Voice, Antrim, 2012

    •    Joan Rodgers - RNCM, 2010

    •    Jonathan Lemalu - Walled City Festival, Derry, 2010

    •    Sandra Martinovic - Walled City Festival, Derry, 2010

    •    Patricia MacMahon - RNCM 2009, 2010

    •    Claire Booth - RNCM 2008

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