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Laura Hansford


Laura has worked on Opera Queensland (OQ) productions for the last decade as both an artistic and technical collaborator. She directed OQ’s most successful touring production Are You Lonesome Tonight (2021), co-directed The Sopranos (OQ) and Home Grown Opera (for OQ and Bleach*), and wrote and directed regional touring production, Lady Sings the Maroons.

In 2021/2022 Laura was a resident Director with Circa and was the Project Lead on their inclusive Circus program Circability. She was the Associate Director on Circa’s Italian Baroque presented with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra at Sydney Festival 2022.

Laura previously worked as the Artistic Associate for OQ and has acted as Associate Director on a variety of productions – for OQ: Così fan tutte (2023), The Marriage of Figaro (2021), Tosca (2019), Songs to Die For (2019); for West Australian Opera La bohème  (2023) and for Victorian Opera: The Barber of Seville (2019), Pelléas and Mélisande (2018). She currently holds the position of Director of Learning, Regional and Community with Opera Queensland.

Laura has worked extensively with companies such as Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Opera and State Opera South Australia. In 2020, she was nominated as an Emerging Female Artist at the Matilda awards.

Forthcoming engagements include directing OQ’s new regional touring production Do We Need Another Hero and Associate Director on the Opera Conference Production of Rusalka opening with West Australian Opera in 2024.

Performances with state opera south australia