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.