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Leigh Melrose

Baritone

  • Leigh Melrose has carved out a formidable reputation for the performance of new works and dramatic 20th century repertoire. A wonderfully dynamic artist on both the concert and opera platform, Melrose has recently made stunning debuts as Wozzeck with English National Opera and Opern Zürich; Alberich Das Rheingold at Ruhrtriennale Festival; Friedrich Das Liebesverbot and the Traveller Death in Venice, both at Teatro Real; and Stolzius Die Soldaten at Teatro Colon.

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  • In the 2016/17 season, Melrose makes two other major debuts: Ruprecht in a new production of Fiery Angel in Zürich, under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda and Calixto Bieito; and Golaud Pelleas et Mellisande in his return to Ruhrtriennale. At English National Opera he will premiere The Winter’s Tale, a new work by composer-in-residence Ryan Wigglesworth.


    A graduate of St John’s College, Cambridge, and the Royal Academy of Music, Melrose’s many operatic engagements include Papageno for Seattle Opera, Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream for La Monnaie; Ned Keene Peter Grimes for Vlaamse Opera and Opera Oviedo. Closely associated with English National Opera his roles there included Wozzeck, Escamillo, Sonora, Ned Keene, Tadeusz The Passenger, Papageno, Bormenthal A Dog’s Heart, Count The Marriage of Figaro, Rodolfo in Leoncavallo’s La bohème and Junius The Rape of Lucretia Ned Keene.


    Last season he sang his first Alberich Das Rheingold at the Ruhrtriennale Festival under the musical direction of Teodor Currentzis and made his house debut with Zürich Opera singing Wozzeck under Fabio Luisi, both in Zürich and in London at the Royal Festival Hall. Other notable debuts are Et in Terra et Pax with Stichting Omroep Muziek, Stolzius Die Soldaten at Teatro Colon and the world premiere of Louis Andriessen’s Theatre of the World with the LA Philharmonic, which was also presented in a staged production at the Dutch National Opera.


    One of the most sough-after interpreters of contemporary music, Leigh Melrose has given many world premieres including Dai Fujikura’s Solaris, a co-production between Theatre de Champs Elysees, Opéra de Lille and Opéra de Lausanne; Johannes Kalitzke’s Die Besessenen by Johannes Kalitzke, at Theater an der Wien; Elliot Carter’s On Conversing with Paradise at the Aldeburgh Festival under Oliver Knussen (also nominated for a Gramophone Award for ‘Best Contemporary Album) ; Luca Francesconi's Quartet at Royal Opera House; and Evan in James MacMillan’s The Sacrifice at Welsh National Opera.


    Other performances include his debut at the prestigious Maggio Musicale festival in Florence singing Rihm’s Der maler träumt; title role of Birtwistle's Gawain with BBC Symphony Orchestra; Matthias Pintscher’s Solomon’s Garden with the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris conducted by the composer; Rambo in the Channel 4 television film of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer; Michael Collins in Jonathan Dove’s TV Opera Man on the Moon for Channel 4; Punch in Birtwistle Punch and Judy in Porto; Xenakis’ Ais with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms and Berlin Festival; Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Martyrdom of St Magnus at the composer’s St Magnus Festival, Orkney, in Edinburgh and Inverness; Maxwell-Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King with the Orquesta de Cadaqués in Madrid, the London Sinfonietta at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, BIT20 in Bergen and Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra; Michael Finnissy’s Maldon with the London Sinfonietta at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the world premiere of Martin Suckling’s Candlebird also with the London Sinfonietta under Nicholas Collon.


    His numerous concert appearances include Walton Belshazzar’s Feast, Berlioz Symphony No.3; Britten Canticles; Noah's Fludde with BBC Scottish Symphony; Carmina Burana and Beethoven Symphony No.9. At the BBC Proms he has performed Britten Cantata Misericodium with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, De Falla’s La Vida Breve and Sir Richard Cholmondeley in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Yeomen of the Guard.

    2016-2017 season / 610 words. Not to be altered without permission

Performances

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Season highlights

Polixenes The Winter's Tale
English National Opera


Ruprecht Fiery Angel
Opernhaus Zürich


Golaud Pelleas et Mellisande
Ruhrtriennale

Concert highlights

Escamillo Carmen
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo


Pintscher Solomon’s Garden
Ensemble Intercontemporain


Sir Peter Maxwell Davies The Martyrdom of St Magnus
St Magnus Festival, Orkney; Edinburgh; Inverness


Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King
Orquesta de Cadaqués, Madrid; London Sinfonietta / Queen Elizabeth Hall


Michael Finnissy Maldon
London Sinfonietta / Queen Elizabeth Hall


Martin Suckling Candlebird
London Sinfonietta / Nicholas Collon (world premiere)


Belshazzar’s Feast, Berlioz Symphony No.3
BBC Symphony Orchestra


Britten Canticles
Gran Teatre del Liceu; with Roger Vignoles / Southbank Centre / Wigmore Hall


Orff Carmina Burana
Royal Festival Hall; Birmingham Symphony Hall; RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra / Usher Hall


Beethoven Symphony No.9
Orquesta de Cadaqués / Sir Neville Marriner


Britten Cantata Misericodium
BBC Symphony Orchestra / BBC Proms

Opera highlights

Title role Wozzeck
Salzburg; English National Opera (new productions)


Papageno Die Zauberflöte
Seattle Opera; Opera Zuid


Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream
La Monnaie


Escamillo Carmen
Royal Albert Hall


Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia
New York City Opera


Silvio I Pagliacci
Welsh National Opera


Various Death in Venice
Gran Teatre del Liceu


Marcello La bohème
Opera Zuid


Sid Albert Herring
Salzburger Landestheater; Opéra Comique; Opéra de Rouen


Ned Keene Peter Grimes
Vlaamse Opera; Opera Oviedo; English National Opera; BBC Proms


Title role Eugene Onegin
Longborough Festival Opera


Tadeusz The Passenger; Papageno; Escamillo; Bormenthal A Dog’s Heart; Count Marriage of Figaro; Rodolfo in Leoncavallo’s La bohème; Junius The Rape of Lucretia
English National Opera

Concert repertoire

Adams
The Wound Dresser


Bach
Passions


Berlioz
Symphony No.3 ‘Romeo et Juliette’


Brahms
Requiem


Britten
War Requiem
Canticles


Carter
On Conversing with Paradise


Copland
American Songs I & II with orchestra


Duruflé
Requiem


Fauré
Requiem


Glanert/Brahms
Four Serious Songs


Handel
Messiah
Alexander’s Feast


Haydn
Masses and The Seasons


Mahler
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Rückert Lieder
Kindertotenlieder


Maxwell-Davies
Eight Songs for a Mad King


Mendelssohn
Elijah


Mozart
Requiem and Masses


Mussorgsky
Songs and Dances of Death


Orff
Carmina Burana


Primosch, James
Songs for Adam


Schoeck, Othmar
Lebendig Begraben, Op.40


Vaughan Williams
Sea Symphony
Songs of Travel
Five Mystical Songs


Xenakis
Ais
La Déesse Athéna

Opera repertoire

Adams
Rambo The Death of Klinghoffer
Jack Hubbard Dr Atomic


Berg
Title role Wozzeck


Berlioz
Mercury, Greek Captain & Chorèbe Les Troyens
Mercutio & Paris Romeo et Juliette


Birtwistle
Punch Punch & Judy


Bizet
Escamillo Carmen
Morales Carmen
Zuniga Pearl Fishers


Britten
Ned Keane Peter Grimes
Title role Billy Budd
Sid Albert Herring
English Clerk Death in Venice
The Traveller Death in Venice
Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Junius & Tarquinius Rape of Lucretia


Debussy
Title role Pelleas et Melisande*


Donizetti
Belcore L’elisir d’amore
Malatesta Don Pasquale


Dove
Mike Collins Man on the Moon
Steward Flight


Gounod
Valentin Faust


Korngold
Fritz Die tote Stadt


Leoncavallo
Rodolfo La Boheme
Silvio Pagliacci


Macmillan
Evan The Sacrifice
Parthonogenesis


Maxwell Davies
The Tempter The Martyrdom of St Magnus
Eight Songs for a Mad King


Mozart
Papageno Die Zauberflote
Count Le Nozze di Figaro
Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro
Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte
Title role Don Giovanni*


Puccini
Marcello La Boheme
Schaunard La Boheme
Frank Edgar


Rossini
Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia


Tchaikovsky
Title role Eugene Onegin
Yletski Queen of Spades


*in preparation

Like Ablinger-Sperrhacke, and Woldt, Melrose is one of the great character singers in their voice types... Melrose has an instinctive understanding of Wozzeck’s almost inability to conform to social niceties. His grittiness created a Wozzeck that worked well with Luisi’s approach to the opera

Opera Today, October 2015

Musically, it's astonishing. Melrose, giving the performance of a lifetime, charts Wozzeck's disintegration with unflinching veracity and an extraordinary expressive range that veers from lyrical intensity to snarl or eerie falsetto.

Guardian, October 2015

Leigh Melrose was outstanding as Alberich

Die Welt, September 2015

Intermusica represents Leigh Melrose worldwide

Maria Mot
Senior Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9904
mmot@intermusica.co.uk

Evangeline Parker
Administrator, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9937
eparker@intermusica.co.uk

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Andreas Homoki

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Roger Vignoles