Polly Leech - Mezzo-Soprano

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Polly 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 completed a year as a Young Artist at the National Opera in London; she is currently in her second year as a member of the Dutch National Opera Studio.

Her recent engagements include Abra in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans, Tisbe La Cenerentola, Mercedes Carmen, and Romaine Brooks in the world premiere of Willem Jeth’s Ritratto, Fidalma in Il Matrimonio Segreto and Pastuchyna in Jenufa (directed by Katie Mitchell) 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.

Other roles include Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel (Pop-Up Opera), Mrs Noye Noye’s Fludde for the Lichfield Festival, Fekluša Kat’à Kabanovà (Opera Holland Park), Pitti-Sing The Mikado (Charles Court and Third Lady The Magic Flute (Charles Court Opera), Irene Theodora (RCM) and Mrs Herring Albert Herring (Samling Academy Opera). For the performance of the seven roles she played in Malcolm Williamson’s English Eccentrics, Polly was awarded the Basil A Turner Prize and the Dame Hilda Brackett Award from Sadler’s Wells.

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 current plans include Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, Romaine Brooks in Willem Jeths’ Ritratto and Mezzo Soloist Faust with Dutch National Opera, a return to the Opéra National de Montpellier for  performances of Schumann’s Szene aus Goethes Faust and the title role in Handel’s Ariodante with La Nuova Musica in London.

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