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Friday, October 7, 2011

Students can Sing with Anna Leese

Anna Leese will sing the soprano role in this
year's production of Handel's Messiah.
The City of Dunedin Choir extends an invitation to student singers to join the Choir for this year's performance of Messiah on 13 December in the Regent Theatre.

Handel's Messiah is appreciated worldwide and is the best known and best loved work in the classical choral repertoire. This performance will provide a fantastic opportunity for the students to experience the work and participate in a world-class delivery of this dramatic and passionate work.

This performance will be conducted by David Burchell with orchestral accompaniment by the Southern Sinfonia, and we are particularly pleased to have Anna Leese back in Dunedin with us again to sing in this performance.

Student Applicants
  • Must be confident singers and members of an auditioned school or student choir.
  •  Will not have to audition with the City of Dunedin Choir, but should come with the recommendation from the Music Teacher or the Choir Director.
  • Will have reasonable sight-singing skills, or be able to pick the music up quickly. (Students are seated beside choir members for support and guidance.)
  • Be committed to practising the music between weekly Choir rehearsals.
  • Must attend at least 6 of the 8 regular scheduled rehearsals.
  • Must attend the final rehearsal with the orchestra the evening before the performance (this is compulsory).
Music scores: Music scores will be supplied by the City of Dunedin Choir at the first rehearsal the student attends. 

Rehearsals are held at the Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Terrace, Mornington on Tuesday evenings, starting promptly at 7:30 pm and ending at 9:30 pm. The doors are unlocked around 7:00 pm and singers should be seated and ready to start singing by 7:30 pm. For more information please visit

Rehearsal schedule:
18 and 25 October, 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 November, 6 December
Final rehearsal in the Regent Theatre: Monday 12 December, 7:00 to 10:00 pm approximately

Performance: Tuesday 13 December, 7:30 pm in the Regent Theatre.

Application: Please submit the following information by email to:

Name of student:
Name of school:
Voice (S, A, T or B):
Student's contact telephone number (evenings):
Student's email address (or that of parent if student has none):

All interested singers who qualify are most welcome to participate in this exciting concert. The number of student singers will not be limited. Join us to perform this beautiful music!

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.