South Island born and raised soprano, Laura Loach grew up in a small town which had many and varied performance opportunities from Barbershop to Musical Theatre to Jazz and Classical performance. Here she found her passion for performance and fell in love with both musical theatre and classical genres. During this time she completed her ABRSM singing exams along with her ATCL in Performance Speech and Drama.
Laura moved to Wellington to pursue her singing further. She studied at New Zealand School of Music, gaining both her BMus and PGDip Mus in Classical Performance under the tutelage of Flora Edwards, who she continues to study with. She also completed her Grad Dip Teaching (Secondary) with Massey University.
Laura is a passionate, creative person who is dedicated to teaching and inspiring students to excel in the Arts. She has worked as a private singing teacher, as well as a classroom Music and Drama teacher and is comfortable teaching a wide range of genres and styles. She has been involved in coaching Aotea College’s National Champion Girls Barbershop Chorus ACBC, as well as coaching various quartets. Laura has also had experience in training students towards their NCEA performance assessments.
Laura has performed a diverse range of roles in Musical Theatre and Opera, and in Theatre as both actor and director. Key roles have included: Juno in Semele (Handel) with NZSM, Gianetta in The Gondoliers (Gilbert and Sullivan)WGSLO, Claire in Ordinary Days (Adam Gwon) Backyard Theatre Productions, Bellaria/Queen in Cymbeline (Shakespeare) Lonely Shakespeare Collective, Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) and La Musica in Orfeo with Eternity Opera, this year she will also appear as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with the same company. She has been a member of the NZOpera Freemasons Chorus since 2012. This year marks Laura’s Musical Theatre Directing debut with The Wellington Footlights Society for their production of CHESS the musical.