"Davis finds depth and energy in her powerful mezzo soprano, and projects plenty of convincing sensual charge..."
by Lewis Murphy and Laura Attridge
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Helen/Hallamah (Leslie Davis)
Nominated for a Young Audiences Music Award 2018
Mezzo soprano Leslie Davis is winner of the Adele Leigh Memorial Award and the Lieder Prize at the Richard Tauber Prize at Wigmore Hall. Recent performances include Spirit 4 Cendrillon for the Glyndebourne Festival and Siren II Rinaldo Glyndebourne on Tour. In 2019, Leslie was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Leslie made her American debut with New York City Opera as Mama/Tzippy in Oliver Knussen's Where the Wild Things Are, a role she previously performed as a Vocal Fellow at the Boston Symphony's Tanglewood Music Festival. For The Glyndebourne Festival, roles include Helen/Hallamah in the World Premier of Belongings, Magdalene (cover) Die Meistersinger von Nürenberg, Ramiro (cover) La Finta Giardiniera, Dorabella (cover) Cosi fan tutte, Flora (cover) La Traviata, Meg Page (cover) Falstaff, La Bergére/La Chauve Souris (cover) L’enfant et les sortileges, Hänsel (cover) Hänsel und Gretel, and Kitchen Girl (cover) Rusalka. Further engagements include Dryade and Der Komponist (cover) Ariadne auf Naxos for the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Mrs. TV The Golden Ticket for Wexford Festival Opera, The Fox The Cunning Little Vixen, Sorceress Dido and Aeneas, and Queen Elizabeth I Frobisher for the Banff Festival.
On the concert platform, she has performed Bach Cantata 170 Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust under John Harbison at the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Music Festival, Vaughn Williams' Serenade to Music at the Royal Festival Hall under Vladimir Jurowski, Elgar's The Music Maker's at the Watford Colosseum, Janacek Zápisník zmizelého for the Wexford Festival, Berg Sieben Frühe Lieder under Henk Guittart, and Britten Phaedra under David Agler for the Banff Festival.
Leslie completed her training on the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music, after receiving a Post Graduate Diploma in Voice from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Further training included three consecutive summers at the Banff Centre for the Arts Opera as TheatreProgram, a Vocal Fellow at the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Music Festival, at the training program Opera Nuova, and as a Young Artist with Pacific Opera Victoria.
Leslie is the recipient of numerous awards including an Independent Opera Post Graduate Voice Fellowship, a laureate at the Ochestre Symphonique de Montréal Standard Life Competition, a Samling Scholar, a Royal Bank Youth Excellence Scholarship, and a British Columbia Arts Council Award for Post Graduate Studies.
Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, she received a Bachelor of Music from Acadia University and a Masters in Music from the University of Victoria.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"...Dryade (Leslie Davis) ....brought fine
singing and much pleasurable deadpan..."
(Michael Milenski, Opera Today)
The Golden Ticket
The Ghosts of Versailles
Hänsel und Gretal
The Cunning Little Vixen
Where the Wild Things Are
L'incoronazione di Poppea
La Finta Giardiniera
Cosi fan tutte
Dido and Aeneas
L’enfant et les sortileges
L’occasione fa il ladro
Ariadne auf Naxos
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Queen Elizabeth I