Saturday, January 1, 2000

Anna Leese

Anna Leese
Biography for Anna Leese, Soprano

New Zealand Soprano Anna Leese completed a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours at the University of Otago and was recipient of an impressive number of awards and prizes. Since moving to London she has won the 2004 Royal Overseas League Vocal competition (and was named best overseas competitor in the same competition) and won the 2005 Richard Tauber Prize. In November 2002 she completed a graduate diploma at the Royal College of Music, before joining the Benjamin Britten International Opera School.

Recent concert engagements include Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Beethoven 9 in Madrid with Carlo Rizzi and Elijah with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She made her début at the 2006 BBC Proms in an all-Mozart programme with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington and has appeared in a number of opera gala concerts with Jose Carreras. She recorded Elgar’s The Apostles in Canterbury Cathedral with the Canterbury Choral Society, a debut recital disc for EMI, with Graham Johnson, and a Haydn disc on the Michael Storrs Music label.

With the BBIOS she has sung Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and Mahler’s second symphony with Bernard Haitink. Anna Leese is an Associate Artist of the Classical Opera Company with whom she most recently sang Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. In her native New Zealand she has sung Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) and Tatyana (Eugene Onegin). She made her Covent Garden début as Tamiri (Il re pastore) returning for Musetta (La boheme), Micaela (Carmen), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and Echo (Ariadne). She made her North American début with the Canadian Opera Company, as Musetta.

2011 highlights have been as New Zealand representative in the Cardiff Singer of the World, and performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in the Royal Albert Hall in November. She has also sung Tatyana for the Flanders Opera, L’amico Fritz for Opera Holland Park and Pagliacci for the New Zealand Opera, as well as a concert of Das Rheingold (Freia) with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

2012 engagements include Majenka for NZ Opera’s production of The Bartered Bride and Tatyana for Opera Holland Park in London.

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