Latvian soprano Laura Lolita Perešivana started her operatic journey when she was only eighteen years old singing Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) at the Latvian National Opera House with director Viestur Kairish. The same year Laura debuted as a Young Artist at the Sigulda Opera Music Festival in Latvia.Read More
After receiving her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Studies (with First Class Honours) from Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London in 2019, Laura was awarded a scholarship to study at the Guildhall Opera School with Professor Janice Chapman. Distinguished professors and coaches, such as Jonathan Papp, David Gowland, Alex Ingram, Susanna Stranders and Dominic Wheeler have strongly influenced her musical development and helped her hone her musical interpretation. In 2021 Laura was one of four finalists selected for the Guildhall School’s most prestigious music prize, The Gold Medal. She performed at the Barbican Hall alongside the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Natalie Murray Beale.
In recent years Laura has participated in many competitions, receiving awards including the 54th Tenor Vinas International Singing Contest Extraordinary prize, David Clover Festival of Singing 1st Prize, Charles Pitt Singing Award, Anders Walls Award (Stockholm), Inbox.lv Young Artist Award, Inessa Galante Talents Scholarship and the Derek Butler Trust Scholarship. In 2021 Laura received the Musicians’ Company Award as one of their Young Artists and also was selected as a 2021 City Music Foundation Artist.
Laura is an alumna of the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto and took part in the 2020 Solti Peretti Repetiteurs’ Masterclasses in Venice where she sang Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte). She has been fortunate enough to participate in masterclasses in song and opera with conductor Richard Bonynge, La Scala coach James Vaughan, soprano Barbara Frittoli, Tobias Truniger, Elaine Kidd and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
Her operatic roles on the stage include Berenice (L’occasione fa il ladro), Giulietta (I Capuletti e i Montecchi), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Musetta (La Boheme), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Anne Truelove (The Rake’s Progress), Barbarina (The Little Green Swallow), Rita (Rita), La Principessa (La bella dormente nel bosco), Madame Cortese (Il viaggio a Reims) at the Guildhall Silk Street Theatre. Laura’s performance in British Youth Opera’s L’occasione fa il ladro at the Opera Holland Park was a critical success, with Opera Magazine describing ‘her tone pearly, her coloratura purling’.
The year prior Laura made her Wigmore Hall debut with the Voiceworks song programme performing newly written pieces for voice and clarinet. For the past few years she has been working with Pushkin House performing at the Russian Music Festival.
Laura has joined the famed National Opera Studio in London for the 2021/22 season and is looking forward to her residencies with the English National Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera. This season, she will compete at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Paris Opera Competition semi-finals.