Ellen Leslie makes her company debut during the 2019-20 season, appearing as Ida in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. Ms. Leslie recently finished a residency with Opera Saratoga, singing roles in Menotti’s The Consul, Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Little’s Vinkensport, and Williams’s Rocking Horse Winner. She made her German debut in 2016 as Pamina (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte) in Köln, and Rosane (Vivaldi’s La verità in cimento) in Leipzig.
Recent Bay Area engagements include Jane Bennet in the world premiere of Kirke Mechem’s Pride & Prejudice, Adina (Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love) with both Pocket Opera and the San Francisco Opera Guild, Micaëla (Bizet’s Carmen) and Lady Billows (Britten’s Albert Herring) at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Damigella/Amore (Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea) with the SFCM Baroque Ensemble, the title role in Patience with Lamplighters Music Theatre, and the workshops for Santa Fe Opera’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs by Mason Bates. In June/July 2019, Ms. Leslie toured Finland, Latvia, Estonia, and Sweden as the soprano soloist in Brahms’ Requiem. She reprised her acclaimed Josephine in Lamplighters’ HMS Pinafore in August 2019, and sings Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) with the SF Opera Guild in the fall. She is also an AGMA professional singer with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.
Awards and accolades include being a two-time winner of the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in the San Francisco District (2018 and 2016).
Born in San Francisco, Ms. Leslie holds degrees in Voice and French from the University of Denver, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Hochschule für Musik Leipzig.
For more information, please visit Ms. Leslie’s website.