Polly Leech - Mezzo-Soprano

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Leech is a British mezzo-soprano from Wiltshire.  She was awarded a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Durham University, before studying for a Masters in Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music.  In 2018, she attended the National Opera Studio in London, before going on to complete two years as a member of the Dutch National Opera Studio.

Her recent engagements include Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, the mezzo-soprano role in a staged version of Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli, Abra in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans, Tisbe La Cenerentola, and Romaine Brooks in the world premiere of Willem Jeth’s Ritratto, Fidalma Il Matrimonio Segreto and Pastuchyna Jenufa, all at Dutch National Opera, her French debut at the Opéra National de Montpellier as Hippolyta in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and, in concert, Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the Lichfield Festival, broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Other roles include Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Mrs Noye Noye’s Fludde, Mercedes Carmen, Fekluša Kat’à Kabanovà, Pitti-Sing The Mikado, Third Lady The Magic Flute, Olga Eugene Onegin, Irene Theodora and Mrs Herring Albert Herring.

Polly’s solo oratorio performances include appearances at major venues including Snape Maltings, Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, The Sage Gateshead, Durham Cathedral and York Minister, in repertoire including the Bach St Matthew Passion, Elijah (Mendelssohn), Messe de minuit pour Noel (Charpentier), Mass in D (Dvorak), Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Messiah (Handel) and the Mozart and Verdi Requiems.  In recital, Polly has performed Berlioz’ Les Nuits d’été, Mahler’s Rückert Lieder, Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben, Britten’s Cabaret Songs and A Charm of Lullabies, and Lady Macbeth: A Scena by Joseph Horowitz.

Her future roles include a return to the Opéra de Montpellier to sing Tisbe La Cenerentola, her role debut as Dorabella Così fan tutte with Garsington Opera, and Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte with the Nederlandse Reisopera.


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