LAURA Hudson has a busy 2012 lined up.
The chemical engineer turned professional opera singer, who is from Prescot, is in demand at venues all over the country.
She’s won countless prizes and played some of opera’s most famous roles in some of its most famous venues.
Yet despite the international hue to her CV, she still gets a thrill out of performing in her hometown.
“I’m always back performing in Prescot and St Helens,” she said. “I’m all over the country but Prescot is always my base.”
Laura, a former pupil at Evelyn County Primary, next performs in Prescot in February for a song recital at Prescot Parish Church.
Her current success is a far cry from her humble beginnings as an opera singer.
Always a keen musician, Laura was a member of the St Helens Gilbert and Sullivan harbouring ambitions of pursuing her dream of becoming an opera singer.
Despite her passion for music, after university she trained as a chemical engineer and was working in the nuclear industry when she decided to quit her job and enrol in the Northern Royal College of Music.
Since then the soprano has been regularly working, but does she ever regret walking away from a steady, well-paid career?
“Never, not for one moment,” she says. “I’ve loved every minute of it.
“I still go back to work when singing work is coming in because, sadly, singing doesn’t always pay a full-time wage, so I’m really grateful that I got a career which I can return to.” Laura’s busy schedule includes roles in Puccini’s Gianni Schisshi and Wagner’s Valkeries, both of which are in London, before heading to Preston for a performance with the city’s Guild. She’ll also be in St Helens in April singing with the St Helens Choral Society.
* Love Went A-Riding, a song recital with Laura Hudson and friends, including English and Russian songs, as well as Schumann and Gilbert and Suillivan, is at Prescot Parish Church on Sunday, February 5, starting at 3pm. Tickets priced £4-6 on the door.