Anna Leese - lyric soprano

Major Performances and Awards:

  • Black Barn artist in residence, New Zealand Singing School, Napier, January 2011
  • Tour of China with Jose Carreras, December 2010
  • Named Arts Foundation New Generation Award, December 2010
  • Bach Christmas Oratorio with Tudor Consort, NZ, November 2010
  • Mozart Regina Coeli with Renaissance Singers, NZ, December 2010
  • Recorded 'Italian Love Songs' CD with Stephen de Pledge for Michael Storrs Music, November 2010
  • Recital St James' Piccadilly, November 2010
  • Awarded best supporting female in the 2010 Opera Holland Park season
  • Recorded Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes etc for Linn Records
  • Semi-finalist in Paris International Opera Competition, October 2010
  • Zandonai's 'Francesca di Rimini' (Biancofiore) for Opera Holland Park, London, July-August 2010
  • Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes with the Prince Consort, Brighton Festival, May 2010
  • Performance for Opera Holland Park Fundraising event at Kenwood house, Holland Park, London, May 2010
  • ROSL Centenary Service of Thanksgiving, 11am, St James Piccadilly, London, May 2010
  • Mahler 8 Symphony- Halle Orchestra, Mark Elder cond., May 2010
  • Wigmore Hall recital, including a world premiere of special commission by Ned Rorem, March 2010
  • Eugene Onegin (Tatyana) Flanders Opera, Antwerp and Ghent, February 2010
  • Nelson Opera in the Park, New Zealand, February 2010
  • Antonia in Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman, Opera Koln, Oct-Nov 2009
  • Tatyana in Tchaikovsky's Eugine Onegin, New Zealand Opera, Aug 2009
  • Linari Festival, chamber ensembles and solo recitals, Tuscany, Rotterdam Philharmonic, July 2009
  • Summer concert, Jose Carerras, City of London Orchestra, June 2009
  • Musetta in La Boheme, Toronto, Canadian Opera, March-May 2009
  • Mendelssohn Elijah, Cardiff, BBC National Chorus of Wales, March 2009
  • Wigmore Hall recital with Graham Johnson, June 2008
  • Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme, ROH, Covent Garden, 2008
  • Echo in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, ROH, Covent Garden, 2008
  • First Lady in Mozarts’ Die Zauberflote, ROH, Covent Garden, 2008
  • Countess in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro with Classical Opera Company, May- July 2007
  • Performance at the America’s Cup in Valencia, May 2008 Anna_Leese-Andrea_Bocelli_rev
  • Concert tour of New Zealand, February/March 2007
  • EMI debut recording with Graham Johnson, February 2007
  • Winner Maggie Teyte Prize and Miriam Licette Scholarship, February 2007
  • Michaela in the Royal Opera Houses's Carmen, January 2007
  • Musetta in the Royal Opera Houses' La Boheme, November 2006
  • Cover Arminda in the Royal Opera House's la Finta Giardiniera, August 2006
  • Proms Mozart Concert with SCO and Norrington, July 2006
  • Fiordiligi in Classical Opera Company's Cosi fan Tutte, June/July 2006
  • Tamiri in Classical Opera Company's Il re Pastore, June 2006
  • Soloist in Handel's The Messiah, Albert Hall, May 2006RomeoJuliette
  • Tamiri in Lindbury Theatre's Il re Pastore, April 2006
  • Soloist in Dame Kiri te Kanawa Foundation concert in New Zealand, with The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (broadcast on television) Feb 2006
  • Handel's The Messiah performances throughout New Zealand, Christmas 2005
  • Rosalinde in BBIOS Die Fledermaus (R. Strauss) Nov 2005
  • Juliet in British Youth Opera's Romeo and Juliette (Gounod) Summer 2005
  • Fiordiligi in BBIOS Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart) June 2005
  • Winner 2005 Richard Tauber Prize in Wigmore Hall, June 2005
  • Mozart Mass in C minor, Royal Festival Hall, March 2005
  • Soloist for the Queen's Commomwealth Day service in Westminster Abbey, March 2005
  • Recital in Purcell Room, March 2005
  • Mozart Arias with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, March 2005
  • Lunchtime recital at St James, Piccadilly Feb and March 2005 Latin-satin
  • Recording of Elgar's The Apostles in Canterbury Cathedral with London Philharmonia, Jan 2005
  • Female Chorus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia with BBIOS, November 2004
  • Ilia in Mozart's Idomeneo with the Auckland Philharmonic orchestra, July 2004
  • Mathilde in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, June 2004
  • Lunchtime recital at St Martin-in-the-Fields, July 2004
  • Best overseas competitor in the 2004 Royal Overseas League Competition, March 2004
  • Vocal section winner of the 2004 Royal Overseas League Competition, February 2004
  • Donna Anna in Don Giovanni excerpts with Andrew Parrot and the London Mozart Players in Fairfield Hall, February 2004
  • Soloist for Handel's Messiah in Marlow UK, Dunedin NZ and Napier NZ, Nov-Dec 2003
  • Accepted on the RCM Josephine Baker Trust program 2003
  • Recipient of a Constant and Kitt Lambert Award, RCM 2003
  • Benefit concert tour of New Zealand, three solo recitals, July/August 2003
  • Soloist with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra for 2003 Puccini concert
  • Winner of the 2003 McDonalds Aria Scholarship, Sydney Anna_Leese_watercolour
  • Recipient of a Donny trust scholarship
  • Scholarship trip to Italy to perform and learn basic Italian
  • Soloist for the Dunedin Proms, 2003
  • Soprano Soloist for St John's Passion, Dunedin Sinfonia, 2003
  • Winner of a Patricia Pratt Memorial Scholarship
  • Soloist for Stadium Spectacular 2003 (televised)
  • Soloist for Sky City Symphony in Auckland, 2003 (300,000 audience)
  • Recipient of the 2003/4 Henry Cooper Memorial Award
  • Performed in Dame Kiri te Kanawa's backing chorus at Craggy Range opening, 2003
  • Winner of the 2002 Lockwood Aria Competition
  • Graduated from Otago University with MusB Hons (first class) November 2002
  • Winner of the 2002 Mobil Song Quest
  • Recipient of a Creative New Zealand Scholarship 2002
  • Soprano in Handel's Messiah, Ashburton, 2001
  • Soprano in Mendlessohn's Elijah, City of Dunedin Choir 2001
  • Winner of the Dame Sister Mary Leo Scholarship 2001
  • Winner of the Otago Daily Times Aria 2001
  • Winner of the Christchurch Competitions Society Aria 2001
  • Winner of the Nelson Mail Aria 2001


Antony Rolfe Johnston, Professor Richard Miller, Jane Keller, Judy Bellingham, Marvin Keenzy, Roger Vignoles, Donald Maxwell, Sarah Connolly, Stephen Roberts, Thomas Allen, Sarah Walker, Anne Murray.

Musical Education

with_HRH At high school Anna joined all the choirs available, and eventually conducted her own vocal group for two years. She was a member of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir, and later, the New Zealand Youth Choir. She studied piano, violin, bassoon, clarinet, guitar and recorder, before deciding to pursue solo voice in 1998.

Anna graduated from the University of Otago in November 2003, with a first class honours degree in music. In 2006 she graduated from the Benjamin Britten International Opera School at the Royal College of Music, London, and won the Queen Elizabeth Rosebowl, which was presented by HRH Prince Charles in 2007.
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