Anna Leese
New Zealand Soprano Anna Leese is a graduate of the University of Otago, the Royal College of Music and the Benjamin Britten International Opera School. Her many awards include the 2005 Richard Tauber Prize.

Recent concert engagements have included Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Bernard Haitink, Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in Madrid with Carlo Rizzi, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Thierry Fischer. She made her debut at the 2006 BBC Proms with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington, and has appeared in a number of opera gala concerts with José Carreras. Her recordings include a debut recital disc for EMI with Graham Johnson and a Haydn disc on the Michael Storrs Music label.

Anna Leese made her Covent Garden debut as Tamiri in Il re pastore, returning for Musetta in Puccini’s La bohéme, Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Echo in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. For the New Zeland Opera, she has sung Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. She sang Antonia in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann for the Cologne Opera, Tatyana for the Flanders Opera, and made her North American debut with the Canadian Opera Company, as Musetta. Anna Leese is an Associate Artist of the Classical Opera Company.

Engagements include L’amico Fritz for Opera Holland Park, Pagliacci for the New Zealand Opera and Freia in Wagner’s Das Rheingold with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.

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