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Anna Leese, soprano, London 2008

Anna Leese (born 7 March 1981) is a New Zealand born soprano opera singer. She made her debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 2007, as understudy for the part of Musetta in Giacomo Puccini's La bohème. She returned to sing the part in her own right in 2008.

She graduated and earned multiple prizes at the University of Otago, plus the 2002 Mobil Song Quest, before moving to London for graduate work at the Royal College of Music and at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School. She performed at Opéra Les Azuriales Festival at Cap Ferat in 2007 and sang solo arias by Mozart, Gounod, Bizet, Dvořák, Puccini and 'Cara la mia fiamma' from Adriano in Siria by J C Bach in Seillans and Mons in the Var, France at the 2007 Musique-Cordiale Festival. Other Covent Garden engagements in 2007 were as Micaela in Carmen and Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos.

In 2008, she sang as Musetta in La bohème at Covent Garden. She also sang in the choral solo in Beethoven's Fantasia in the Last night of the BBC Proms, accompanied by the famous pianist Helene Grimaud, and conducted by Sir Roger Norrington at the Royal Albert Hall before going on tour to Korea with José Carreras. She has an extensive New Zealand tour at Christmas, soon followed by the Mozart Requiem in Canterbury Cathedral in January 2009. Among many other 2009 scheduled recitals and performances, there is a further series with Carreras in New Zealand, concerts in Germany, Belgium & Britain and return solo performances at the Musique-Cordiale Festival in Seillans, France (August 2009) and the Linari Festival in Tuscany, Italy (July 2009). She is due to sing Tatyana in Eugene Onegin for the New Zealand Opera and March 2009 sees her North American debut as Musetta for the Canadian Opera Company.

Anna Leese supported Andrea Bocelli at his concert in Auckland, New Zealand at the Vector Arena on 20 August 2008.

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