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Laura Lopes

 

Mezzosoprano Laura Lopes started her musical studies at Instituto Gregoriano de Lisboa, with Armando Possante, completing the Secondary Couse of Gregorian Chant in 2010. After a BA on Choral Conducting/Music Pedagogy at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (2010-13), she finished another BA (2013-17), this time on Early Music Singing at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (The Netherlands) with Jill Feldman, Pascal Bertin and Rita Dams. In 2017 she moved to the United Kingdom, obtaining a Postgraduate Certificate on Arts Policy and Management at Birkbeck College, University of London.

 

As a soloist Laura sang Stabat Mater by G. Pergolesi, Requiem by W. A. Mozart, Utrecht Te Deum by G. F. Handel, cantatas, Magnificat and Passions by J. S. Bach, opera Dido and Aeneas by H. Purcell (Sorceress), opera La Dafne by M. da Gagliano (Ninfa), etc.

Laura was a member of Coro Gulbenkian from when she was 17 until she moved to The Netherlands and nowadays sings regularly with ensembles allover Europe: Cappella Amsterdam, with whom she recently recorded Josquin e Lassus as a step-out soloist, Nederlandse Bachvereniging (also as Young Bach Fellow 2015-19), Nederlands Kamerkoor, Ensemble Corund, etc. On seasons 2017/18 and 2018/19 she was a Scholar with VOCES8, and since then she is member of the Education Team of the VOCES8 Foundation, acting as workshop leader for educational projects in schools in deprived areas of London. Laura is a choir founding member and Choir Coordinator of Orquestra XXI, and has recently performed as a soloist at 7 Colinas/7 Cantatas, organised by Ensemble 258.

 

In 2015 Laura co-founded baroque ensemble Le Voci delle Grazie, selected in 2018 as European Emergin Ensemble by the EEEmerging platform, supported by Creative Europe – European Union, having the opportunity to perform in festival such as Grandezze e Meraviglie Festivale Musicale Estense (Italy), Vivat Curlandia Festival (Latvia), Festival van Vlaanderen e MAFestival Brugge (Belgium), Sons Antigos a Sul (Portugal), Utrecht Early Music Festival (The Netherlands), among others.

 

Alongside her performing activities, Laura works as an Administrator for festival Les Azuriales Opera (London/Nice), as Festival Assistant for Brighton Early Music Festival and, since March’20, she is the Coordinator of Tenso Network Europe – the European Network for Professional Chamber Choirs.