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Profile: Laura Margaret Smith, Emerging Artist

What do you love about working in opera?
Meeting people. The great thing about this job is that you are constantly working alongside new people. Whether it be other singers, the conductor, director, stage crew, it is very exciting to learn new things from each one of them. It may be daunting at first, but some of these relationships can last a lifetime. You work so closely together that you develop such a close bond, and that is something not many jobs can offer!


What 3 things might people be surprised to learn about you?
I own over 100 scarves! It's not something I collect, but I just love them and can be seen wearing a scarf every day, no matter what the weather. I think it's not uncommon for a singer to be seen wearing one anyway. I just change mine very regularly! I also like real ale and dream of having a VW camper.


What do you do when you're not working?
Get outside. Walk. Explore. That's when I'm not studying!


If you weren't working in your current job, what would be your ideal profession?
I always wanted to be an artist of some sort. Either a painter or a writer, but then I found that I could do something with music, and stuck with that! I did apply to study psychology after leaving school, but chose to do a music degree instead. I think that was for the best!


Tell us your favourite place to be in the world?
Anywhere in Scotland in the hills, by a river with peace and quiet!


What's your favourite opera moment or character?
This is very tricky. There are so many wonderful ones. For me, I loved performing Carmen. She is so complex and multi-faceted, with such a strong sense of her self. What an inspiring character!


What is your proudest moment to date?
Being accepted as an Emerging Artist with Scottish Opera. Before that, it would be the day I was accepted into Opera School, and before that, my graduation from Edinburgh University. I can't wait for the next big milestone!