Laurence Cole was born in Hertfordshire. He graduated in English from the University of York and worked at the Open University and BBC before studying at the Birmingham Conservatoire and embarking on a singing career. Roles prior to joining the WNO Chorus include Sarastro The Little Magic Flute and Zaretsky Eugene Onegin (English Touring Opera). Concert highlights have included Haydn’s Nelson Mass at Birmingham Cathedral on the centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar. He joined the WNO Chorus in 2008 where roles have included Fifth Jew Salome, Customs Sergeant/ Customs Officer La bohème, Flora’s Servant La traviata, Sarastro/Second Armed Man The Magic Flute, Kuligin Katya Kabanova, Badger The Cunning Little Vixen, Nobleman Lohengrin, Pit Bass Wagner Dream, Angelotti Tosca, Innkeeper Manon Lescaut, Lilaque fils Boulevard Solitude. Highlights of his time at WNO include performing Moses und Aron at the Royal Opera House and a gala concert at Buckingham Place for the Prince of Wales.