Laurence Kilsby


Highlights of Laurence's 2023/24 season include debuts at the Opéra-Comique, the Opéra de Dijon, the Oper Köln and a return to the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. Concert engagements include Bach's Matthäus-Passion (Netherlands Chamber Orchestra/Ivor Bolton & Wiener Symphoniker/Matthew Halls), Handel's Messiah (Royal Northern Sinfonia/Peter Whelan, Britten Sinfonia/Sofi Jeannin & Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal de Versailles/Gaétan Jarry) and a European tour of Mozart's Requiem (Ensemble Pygmalion/Raphaël Pichon).

Laurence studied as an ABRSM Vocal Scholar at the Royal College of Music in London and at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He was a member of the Opéra National de Paris studio during the 2022/23 season. First Lies Askonas Scholar, he won the Kathleen Ferrier Society Young Singers Scholarship in 2018 and is the winner of the 2022 Wigmore Hall/Bollinger International Singing Competition and the 2022 Cesti Competition at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik.

Laurence began his formal training as a chorister with the Schola Cantorum at Tewkesbury Abbey, and won BBC Radio 2's Young Chorister of the Year in 2009, making his solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall. He appears as soprano soloist on several recordings, including the Grammy-nominated L'Allegro, Penseroso ed il Moderato by Handel with the Gabrieli Consort/Paul McCreesh. He has taken part in masterclasses with Dame Sarah Connolly, Roderick Williams, Kathryn Harries and James Gilchrist, and has given recitals at the Berlin Academy of the Arts and the Cheltenham Festival.