Edward Laurenson is currently studying a Masters in Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London on a scholarship. In March 2013 he received rave reviews for his role in sold-out performances of The Factory at Auckland’s Q Theatre as part of the Auckland Festival. At the end of 2013 Edward sang to over 200,000 people in the Auckland Domain at the Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park.
Edward has won the Becroft Grand Opera Aria at the North Shore Competitions and was named the recipient of the Circle 100 Scholarship and was a finalist in the 2014 Lexus Song Quest. More recently Edward was a finalist in the Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year 2016, and he is one of a select few students to receive private lessons from Kiri te Kanawa.
"I came through the NYTC Programme, and I owe them a lot for it. I was very nervous in my first show, and they gave me the lead role of Danny in Grease - I was just 17, and performing on the stage of the Aotea Centre. I remember walking up to James in the first week of Grease rehearsals, and being entranced with how he'd play the piano. I was quite nervous socially, and so until I had a bit of confidence, James took me under his wing and looked after me. I was very fortunate to meet Jonathan Alver through NYTC, and I would not be in London now without his support and guidance.
NYTC is not just a theatre company, it's a family - and the friends that one makes in the process of puting together a show means so much to the development of a young artist as a person. NYTC covers all the bases - acting, dance and singing. It makes you more secure as an artist - it gives you a platform to acquire and test out new material, and most importantly to be guided in how you work on that material.
The performance skills I was tought at NYTC have been invaluable to my opera career so far - it really has given me a point of difference. "