In recent years, Leigh Melrose has carved out a formidable reputation for the performance of new works. His excellent sense of rhythm, fearless vocal flexibility and engaging stage presence mark him out as one of the most sought after singers for this challenging repertoire.

A graduate of St John's College, Cambridge, and the Royal Academy of Music, Leigh has sung Demetrius A Midsummer Night's Dream for La Monnaie; Escamillo Carmen at the Royal Albert Hall and with the CBSO; Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia for New York City Opera; Silvio I Pagliacci for Welsh National Opera; Britten's Death in Venice at the Liceu, Barcelona; Papageno Die Zauberflote for Seattle Opera; Sid Albert Herring for the Salzburger Landestheater, Opera Comique and Opera de Rouen; and Escamillo, Ned Keene, Papageno, Count in Marriage of Figaro, Rodolfo in Leoncavallo's La Boheme and Junius The Rape of Lucretia for English National Opera.

Leigh Melrose has given many world premieres including Cholawicki in Johannes Kalitzke's Die Besessenen at Theater an der Wien, Elliot Carter's On Conversing with Paradise at the Aldeburgh Festival, and Evan in James MacMillan's new opera The Sacrifice at Welsh National Opera. Other contemporary work includes Rambo in the Channel 4 television film of John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer; Punch in Birtwistle's Punch and Judy in Porto; Xenakis Ais with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms and Berlin Festival; Maxwell-Davies' Eight Songs for a Mad King in London, Madrid and Tronheim; Michael Finnissy's Maldon with the London Sinfonietta at the Queen Elizabeth Hall; Martin Suckling's Candlebird also with the London Sinfonietta under Nicholas Collon and Rihm's Der Maler traumt at the Maggio Musicale Festoval.

Last year's engagements included the UK premieres of Raskatov's A Dog's Heart (Bormental) and Weinberg's The Passenger (Tadeusz) for English National Opera; Wozzeck in Salzberg; Eight Songs for a Mad King with the London Sinfonietta at the Queen Elizabeth Hall; On Conversing with Paradise with the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris; Britten Cantata Misericodium at the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven Symphony No.9 under Sir Neville Marriner with the Orquesta de Cadaques on tour in Spain; and Matthias Pintscher's Solomon's Garden with the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris conducted by the composer.


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