Laurence Cole

Innkeeper Manon Lescaut
Young Lilaque Boulevard Solitude
Flora's servant La traviata

Laurence Cole was born in Hertfordshire. He graduated in English from
the University of York, where he sang with the University Chamber Choir
and Gilbert and Sullivan Society, with roles including title role The Mikado,
Zuniga Carmen, Abe Summer Song. While working for the BBC, Laurence
began singing lessons under Barbara Spooner and Gareth Roberts
before beginning a second degree at Birmingham Conservatoire, in 1999,
under baritone Adrian Clarke. He became a regular soloist with St Chad’s
Cathedral Choir and Conservatoire Chamber Choir, where engagements
included Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Dixit Dominus. Operatic engagements
include Curio Giulio Cesare, Commendatore Don Giovanni, Wotan Das
Rheingold, Seneca L’incoronazione di Poppea, Simone Gianni Schicchi,
Priest The Cunning Little Vixen (Birmingham Conservatoire); Sarastro The
Little Magic Flute, Gaoler Tosca, Zaretsky Eugene Onegin (English Touring
Opera). Laurence 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.