Leslie Ann Leytham is a San Diego-based mezzo-soprano who actively commissions contemporary mutli-media narrative vocal works, and collaborates with composers not only as a singer and actor, but as a director and designer as well. Ms. Leytham seeks to consistently extend the theatrical and technical boundaries of the voice and has commissioned and premiered works by Beat Furrer, Martin Hiendl, Nicholas Deyoe, Clinton McCallum, Carolyn Chen, Marti Epstein, Andy Vores. Leslie has performed as a featured artist with CityWater Ensemble (San Francisco), The Industry Opera Company directed by Yuval Sharon with WildUp under the baton of Christopher Rountree (Los Angeles), Noon 2 Midnight concert marathon produced by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ensemble Echoi on the Monday Evening Concert Series under the direction of Jonathan Hepfer (L.A.), La Jolla Symphony under the direction of Steven Schick (San Diego), and the wasteLAnd concert series (L.A.).
Ms. Leytham has sung with the San Diego Opera as a chorister in Giaccomo Puccini’s Turandot, and premiered the roles of Witch in CityOpera’s inaugural production of The Queen of Carthage by Hibbs/Purcell (SD) Marfa in The Heart of a Dog by Rudolf Rojahn, Inez in No Exit by Any Vores, and Gretchen in Rumplestiltzkin by Marti Epstein, among others. Leslie is a founding member of Guerilla Opera Company (Boston), and is currently Artistic Director of Project [BLANK], an interdisciplinary concert series in San Diego. Ms. Leytham has also been featured in installation performances at NOWY Teatr (Warsaw), the Mengi (Reykjavik), Space4Art (SD), and Bread and Salt (SD).
Leslie earned her D.M.A in contemporary music performance from UCSD (2015), M.M. in vocal performance from The Boston Conservatory (2007), and a B.M. in vocal performance from UNLV (2005). Leslie has studied voice with Dr. Carol Kimball (UNLV), Dr. Rebecca Folsom (DMA), and currently studies with Sarah Agler. While at UCSD, Leslie developed her interdisciplinary work under the guidance of the late violinist Janos Negyesy and video artist, Tara Knight.
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SAN DIEGO OPERA PRESENTS: GIUSEPPE VERDI’S AIDA
Leslie joins the San Diego Opera Chorus for a concert production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida. These performances will be a newly-conceived theatrical concert opera of Aida, with scenic elements and lighting alongside the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera chorus to create a complete, immersive, theatrical experience.
The approximate run time is 2 hours and 50 minutes, including one 20 minute intermission. Sung in Italian with projected English translations.
Bach collegium san diego presents: G.f. handel’s messiah
december 20, 21, & 22
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Handel's Messiah springs to life through a striking account of this beloved oratorio. The oratorio's strength lies in Charles Jennens' carefully conceived libretto and Handel's supreme prowess as composer of the theatre.
BCSD's performance of Messiah, delivered by a dynamic cast of musicians in the manner of Handel’ most dramatic operas, has become its crown jewel and is not to be missed.
Soirée for Music Lovers Presents: Valentine’s Day Concert
In 1987, renowned virtuoso violinist János Négyesy established a series of Chamber Music concerts called the “Soirée for Music Lovers”. These programs were intended to be a musical counterpoint to the experimental music that characterized the music department at the University of California, where Professor Négyesy was a long-time faculty member. The quarterly concerts, featuring chamber music from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, grew to be a popular and elegant part of the musical life of San Diego. The tradition continues! Päivikki Nykter, the late Professor Négyesy’s wife, musical partner and a featured performer in every previous Soirée, has taken up the mantle in presenting a program worthy of the Négyesy legacy.
Leslie joins Nykter and pianist, Kyle Adam Blair, performing Brahms’ Zwei Gesang.
CONRAD PREBYS MUSIC CENTER, UCSD
BODHI TREE CONCERTS PRESENTS: William Grant Still’s And They Lynched Him On A Tree
February 22 & 23
This unique composition calls for a "white chorus" depicting the mob, a "black chorus" who discover the lynching, a contralto soloist who plays the mother of the victim, a male narrator, and a chamber orchestra.
The performances will be produced by Bodhi Tree Concerts. As a part of the mission of Bodhi Tree Concerts, 100% of the profits from these concerts will be donated to the MLK Jr. Comm. Choir scholarship fund.
PROJECT [BLANK] PRESENTS: WORKING TITLE
MARCH 4, 6, & 7
ST. JAMES BY THE SEA EPISCOPAL CHURCH, LA JOLLA
Leslie Leytham, pianist Brendan Nguyen, and visual artist, Joe Cantrell team up to create an immersive, transitive concert experience. St. James by the Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla will be turned inside out via experimental works within the bells, the organ, and throughout the Sanctuary.
BODHI TREE CONCERTS PRESENTS: SCHUBERTIADE
Leslie joins bass-baritone Walter DuMelle, baritone Michael Sokol, soprano Angelina Reaux, and pianist Nicolas Reveles for a marathon Schubert concert!
PROJECT [BLANK] PRESENTS: ANDY VORES’ NO EXIT
MAY 27, 29, & 30
ALL SOUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, POINT LOMA
“Three self-absorbed people who don’t know each other and don’t like each other trapped together in one room for eternity – literally. Perhaps not most people’s idea of a naturally operatic plot, but Sartre’s play is full of drama and sly comedy set in a tiny space packed with vast consequences. NO EXIT shows the first hour of their damnation; we see the veneer of civilized self-justification crack to reveal fear, spite, vanity, self-delusion. Imagine this same room in ten thousand years, twenty thousand, thirty thousand . . .” — Andy Vores
Leslie reprises her role of Inez Serrano.