Laura McHugh was named 1st Place Winner in the 2018 Classical Singer National Competition, Emerging Professional Division
Laura McHugh, soprano, is becoming known for her "superb, floating" voice and penchant for dramatic and comedic interpretation in the Boston area. Laura is an active performer the operatic repertoire, lieder, chamber music, & sacred music.
Laura was named the 1st Place winner of the 2018 Classical Singer CS Music National Competition, winning the highest division, Emerging Professional. At this competition she was judged by some of the biggest names in Classical Voice including Deborah Voight. Also in 2018, she was named a winner of the Longy School of Music Honors Competition, winning with an Art Song set she cultivated of four settings of Goethe’s ‘Meine Ruh Ist Hin’. Laura was also named a finalist in Longy's 2018 Concerto Competition.
Upcoming endeavors include a fully-funded trip to Italy to perform as a Charles H. Jones, Jr. Vocal Fellow at Bassi Brugnatelli International Vocal and Conducting Symposium in Robbiate, Italy and with the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Grieve-in-Chianti. She will present a January 2018 solo recital with Mixtape Recital Series, presented in Harvard University’s Pusey Room titled “Songs for Boys”, in which Laura will examine songs traditionally written for and performed by men. Laura will present a second solo recital in Spring 2018 at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA.
Laura presented a recital in May 2018 titled “Bad Bitches Sing Shit” at the historic Stillman Willis House in Cambridge, MA. This recital took a lighthearted look at the themes that often arise in opera, including ‘Happy Bitches’, ‘Sad Bitches’, and ‘Bitches in Love’. This recital was meant to take a lighthearted look at the themes that often arise in opera and provide an entry point to the genre for those who were not already opera fans.
A lover of chamber music, she recently performed Schubert’s Der Hirt auf Dem Felsen (Shepherd on the Rock) with clarinetist Milos Bjelica and pianist Zak Cover. She also performed Mignone’s Cinco Pecas Per Canto e Fagote with Bassoonist Laura Reyes, her first time singing in Brazilian Portuguese. Laura enjoys the challenge of singing in languages outside the “Big 4”, and recently performed a set of Ukrainian folk songs at a house concert, and also has been exploring Russian repertoire with multiple Boston-area opera companies. Laura has also premiered several new works by modern composers, regularly performs musical theatre in concert settings, and sings traditional Irish folk music.
Laura's most recent operatic roles include Volivia in Beethoven's rarely-performed Vesta's Feuer, Mrs. Gobineau in Menotti's The Medium with Longy Opera, Mimi (cvr) in La Boheme with Boston Opera Collaborative, Vitellia in Promenade Opera Project’s immersive production of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, and Giulietta in Les Contes D'Hoffmann. She has appeared in the ensemble with Odyssey Opera and Commonwealth Lyric Theatre. With the Assisi Performing Arts Festival (Assisi, Italy) Laura has performed as Musetta (La Bohème), Frasquita (Carmen), & Zerlina (Don Giovanni). She appeared this year in Jane Struss's staged production of Schubert's Winterreise hailed as "Vocal Recital of the Year" by WBUR, has appeared as an Apprentice Artist with Vermont Music and Arts Center, and serves on the roster for Vox Futura professional recording ensemble. Additional full and partial credits include Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Lucy (The Threepenny Opera), Mutter (Hänsel und Gretel), Mrs. Ford (Merry Wives of Windsor), Beth March (Little Women), Ellen (Peter Grimes), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Leonore (Fidelio), Clorinda (Cenerentola), and Anna Maurrant (Street Scene).
As an educator, Laura runs a private voice studio for students of all ages and levels, both privately in the Boston area and through Ivy Music Academy in Norfolk, MA. She has taught for the YoFes program, working with underserved populations in the Boston area. She works closely with the Sistema Side by Side music education program and served as the Graduate Assistant for Education Programs at Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Laura is currently the Soprano Section Leader and soloist for The Presbyterian Church (Needham), and works regularly with various Catholic parishes in the Boston Archdiocese, for regular Sunday services, weddings, and funerals. She sings often at Seaport Shrine/Our Lady of Good Voyage in Boston, MA, where she has become one of Boston's most in-demand wedding singers.
Laura received her Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA in May 2018.