Soprano Laure Meloy recently made her debut at the Hungarian State Opera, singing the role of Ariel in Thomas Adès’ The Tempest. Critically acclaimed as Hecuba in English Touring Opera’s Olivier Award winning production of Tippett’s masterpiece King Priam, she made her Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut as Queen of Night in Die Zauberflöte, a role she has also sung with English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, and English Touring Opera. Other roles include: Fiordiligi, Constanze, Lucia, Lulu, Zerbinetta, Despina, and Poppea. She has performed with opera companies, orchestras, and at festivals throughout Europe and the USA, including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Aspen Opera Theater and Music Festival, Brighton Festival, Canterbury Festival, and Lincoln Center Festival.
Concert and oratorio work includes Poulenc Gloria, Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony, Mozart Mass in C minor, Beethoven Mass in C, Haydn The Creation, and Orff Carmina Burana. Her performances have been broadcast on radio and television, and her voice was featured on the soundtrack of the BBC/Sony film ‘Rocketmen.’
Ms. Meloy is a keen proponent of contemporary classical music, and has appeared in premieres of many new works, including the world premiere of Paula Kimper’s Patience and Sarah at the Lincoln Center Festival, New York, the British premiere of an excerpted production of the same opera, and the American premiere of John Metcalf’s Kafka’s Chimp in Pittsburgh. Other contemporary opera roles include Madame Mao Nixon in China, Venus/Geppo Le Grand Macabre, Janine/Ofwarren A Handmaid’s Tale, and Hilde Mack Elegy for Young Lovers.
Recent engagements include a concert of music from The Tempest, with composer Thomas Adès at the keyboard, at Le Poisson Rouge nightclub in New York, a CD of opera arias and duets ‘Sorcery & Seduction,’ Hecuba King Priam with English Touring Opera, a recital of Shakespeare-themed art song and opera arias at the Canterbury Festival and St Pancras Parish Church, London, and Ariel (cover) The Tempest for the Metropolitan Opera, New York and the Vienna Staatsoper. Current and upcoming projects include gala and proms concerts in Devon, a recital and recording premiering a set of art songs by Paula Kimper, and Letitia (cover) in Thomas Adès’ latest opera The Exterminating Angel for the Salzburg Festival and ROH Covent Garden.
‘Ariel, the mischievous sprite at Prospero’s beck and call, is a tour de force role that calls for supersonic hissy-fits above high C – the sonic embodiment of a musical tempest…Soprano Laure Meloy is astounding in her performance as Ariel, a role that’s a brilliant stroke from Adès’ pen. He has created a serious competitor for Mozart’s Queen of the Night. In this production, Ariel is an airborne theremin, a fireball of fioritura…flitting about on pulleys and wires. Needless to say, she’s a scene stealer.’
‘Impressive poise and a finished soprano.’
The New York Times
‘Pleasing flexibility and admirable control.’
‘Stunningly confident, pure and accurate.’
London Evening Standard
‘Laure Meloy’s thoughtful Queen of the Night was virtuosic and not the usual pantomime caricature of evil.’
‘Laure Meloy’s Queen Hecuba was mesmerising.’
‘Excellent in alt, her pitching little short of miraculous. ‘Der hölle Rache’ was delivered with real venom.’