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Laura Ruhi Vidal

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

Spanish

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, Spanish

Laura Ruhí Vidal, soprano. Chacun le sait (La fille du régiment, Donizetti)

Laura Ruhí Vidal, soprano. Saper vorreste (Un ballo in maschera, Verdi)

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“{...} particularly Laura Ruhi Vidal (Zerlina),... rise above the hiper-melodramatic to bring a more actorly depth to their performance, creating a delicate chairoscuro of emotion with a single look. Vidal is particularly impressive, with a constant focused performance which has a true actor's intensity and is perfectly suited to the intimate surroundings of the Tobacco Factory.” Don Giovanni, October 2016 (Toby O'Connor Morse; Bristol 24/7) (2016)

“It was Laura Ruhi Vidal who struck the ideal dramatic note bringing a wonderful mix of nativity, and sexual mischief to the role of Zerlina. The way in which she accepted then rejected Don Giovanni's advances, and teased her lover Masetto, a lovely confused suitor in the hands of Bradley Travis, was a delight.” Don Giovanni, October 2016 (Gerry Parker; Bristol Post) (2016)

“Laura Ruhi Vidal is a delightfully coquettish Zerlina, and her stormy relationship with Bradley Travis’s bemused Masetto is the source of much fun. Their comically sensual reconciliation scene is yet another memorable moment.” Don Giovanni, October 2016 (Mike Whitton, Stage Talk Magazine) (2016)

“{...} and Laura Ruhí-Vidal proved well-equipped to meet the not inconsiderable technical demands of the role. Norina has two big arias, both requiring considerable stamina, and Ruhí-Vidal’s efforts revealed a sure technique and personable stage presence. Her elaborations remained crisp and clear throughout the aria de sortie and rondo-finale; and, she has a fresh, appealing sound…” I pazzi per progetto, March 2015 (Claire Seymour; Opera Today) (2015)

“{...} The second-cast Bathsheba, Laura Ruhi-Vidal, has effortless stage presence and glows by the time of the second-act duet – this sounds like a Strauss Sophie in the making.” The Cunning Peasant, October 2014 (David Nice; The Arts Desk) (2014)

MMPerf Opera
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
2013–2015
1st class BMus (Hons)
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
2008–2012

Catalan Soprano Laura Ruhí Vidal (Girona, 1990) graduated from the Opera Course master at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she also studied the BMus (Hons) and was an Artist Fellow during 2015-16 year, under singing tuition of Katherine Paterson.

While opera is her great passion, she has a wide range of concert experience in venues, festivals, as well as oratorio performances (J.S.Bach Mass in B minor, Haydn Harmoniemesse, Mozart Vesperae Solennes de confessore, Requiem in D minor, Verdi Messa da Requiem, etc). She has sung at the Tête à tête Festival (London), Aldeburgh Festival (Peter Grimes, Opera North), City of London Festival, Barbican Theatre, and Schubertíada Festival in Vilabertran (Catalonia).

Her roles include Papagena The Magic Flute (Mozart) with MidWales Opera Company, Zerlina Don Giovanni (Mozart) with Opera Project at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol, Barena Jenůfa (Janáčeck) with Opera Project at the Longborough Opera Festival, Gretel Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck) with GSO, Feu/Rossignol L’enfant et les sortilèges (Ravel) with LSSO at the Barbican Hall, and Girl East of the Sun, West of the Moon (James Garner). During the Opera Studies at Guildhall she performed the roles of Aphrodite Phaedra (Henze), Norina I pazzi per progetto (Donizetti) and Bathsheba The cunning peasant (Dvořák) all productions at the Silk St Theatre. She has a wide range of opera excerpts performances, from Handel, Mozart, Donizetti to Bellini, Bizet, Puccini, Strauss and contemporary composers Jonathan Dove and Stephen McNeff.

Laura has received masterclasses from talented and renowned singers such as tenor Juan Diego Flórez (April 2013 LSO St Luke’s, London) and has worked with several conductors such as Stephen Barlow, Jonathan Lyness, Dominic Wheeler, Timothy Redmond, directors Richard Studer, Martin Lloyd-Evans, Ashley Dean, Stephen Medcalf, Ian Rutherford, John Ramster, Kelly Robinson, amongst others, deepening her experience and expanding repertoire horizons.

Besides, Laura is a member of the “Maria Camahort Quintet”, singing traditionally centred Spanish classical music, and she also forms duo with leader guitarist Maria Camahort, with concerts across UK and Spain. The ensemble has been described by reviewers as a ‘uniquely original project of music by Spanish composers, sharing very finely with the audience the vivid colours, earthy textures and rhythms of Spanish popular musical art’.

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