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 Helen/Hallamah in the World Premier of Belongings for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Dorabella (cover) Cosi fan tutte for Glyndebourne on Tour.
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. 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, Nerone L'incoronazione di Poppea for Hampstead Garden Opera, The Fox The Cunning Little Vixen, Sorceress Dido and Aeneas, and Queen Elizabeth I Frobisher for the Banff Festival. For The Glyndebourne Festival, roles include Magdalene (cover) Die Meistersinger von Nürenberg, Ramiro (cover) La Finta Giardiniera, 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.
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, Beethoven Symphony No 9 at the Düsseldorf Tonnhalle, Bach Mass in B Minor and Weihnachts-Oratorium with Musica Saeculorem, Berg Sieben Frühe Lieder under Henk Guittart, 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.
"Note, too, the nimble ways of Leslie Davis"
(Geoff Brown, The Times)
"Blending exquisitely as the Nymphs, were Mélody Louledijian (Najad), Eve Christoph-Fontana (Echo), and Leslie Davis (Dryade) "
(Yehuda Shapiro, Opera)
"...Dryade (Leslie Davis) ....brought fine
singing and much pleasurable deadpan..."
(Michael Milenski, Opera Today)
"Leslie Davis gives a clear-eyed account of schoolteacher Helen and refugee Hallamah"
(George Hall, The Stage)
"The brief role of Mama, also appropriately costumed, was deftly performed by mezzo soprano Leslie Davis."
(Mary Wallace Davidson, The Boston Musical Intelligencer)