Leslie Davis

Samling Artist Programme: 2010

Mezzo soprano Leslie Davis is winner of the Adele Leigh Memorial Award and the Lieder Prize at the Richard Tauber Prize at the Wigmore Hall. Most recent and upcoming engagements include covering the roles Ramiro La Finta Giardiniera, Meg Page Falstaff, and La Bergére/La Chauve Souris L’enfant et les sortilèges for The Glyndebourne Festival and covering the roles Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel and Kitchen Girl Rusalka for Glyndebourne on Tour.

Leslie has performed with New York City Opera at Lincoln Centre in her American debut as Mama/ Tzippy Where the Wild Things Are, a role she reprised from a performance at the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Music Festival, with Opéra National de Bordeaux as Dryade and Der Komponist (cover) Ariadne auf Naxos, and with the Wexford Festivalas Mrs. Teavee/Josephine in the European premier of The Golden Ticket. For the Banff Centre Leslie performed The Fox The Cunning Little Vixen, Sorceress Dido and Aeneas, and Queen Elizabeth I Frobisher. Roles for Royal Academy Opera include Nancy Albert Herring and Ernestina L’occasione fa il ladro.

On the concert platform, she has performed Bach Cantata 170 Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust under John Harbison at the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Music Festival, Janacek Zápisník zmizelého with Adrian Thompson for the Wexford Festival Symphony No 9 at the on New Year’s Eve concert at the Düsseldorf Tonnhalle, Bach Mass in B Minor with Musica Saeculorem in Italy, Berg Sieben Frühe Lieder under Henk Guittart, Britten Phaedra under David Agler for the Banff Festival.

Leslie completed her training on the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music, after receiving a Post Graduate Diploma in Voice from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Further training included three consecutive summers at the Banff Centre for the Arts Opera as Theatre Program, a Vocal Fellow at the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Music Festival, at the training program Opera Nuova, and as a Young Artist with Pacific Opera Victoria.

Leslie is the recipient of numerous awards including an Independent Opera Post Graduate Voice Fellowship, a laureate at the Ochestre Symphonique de Montréal Standard Life Competition, a Samling Artist, a Royal Bank Youth Excellence Scholarship, and a British Columbia Arts Council Award for Post Graduate Studies.

Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, she received a Bachelor of Music from Acadia University and a Masters in Music from the University of Victoria.