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Leigh Melrose



Leigh Melrose in action.
Leigh Melrose in Quartett, The Royal Opera © ROH/Stephen Cummiskey

English baritone Leigh Melrose made his Royal Opera debut in 2014 as Vicomte de Valmont (Quartett) in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Melrose studied at St John’s College, Cambridge, and the Royal Academy of Music. He sings regularly with English National Opera, his roles including Wozzeck, Papageno (The Magic Flute), Tadeusz (The Passenger), Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), Escamillo (Carmen), Ned Keene (Peter Grimes), Rodolfo (Leoncavallo’s La bohème) and Polixenes (The Winter’s Tale, world premiere). Other engagements include the title role in Birtwistle’s Gawain with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Songs by Charles Ives arranged by Haas and Adams with Oslo Filharmonien, Zimmermann’s Requiem für einen jungen Dichter for Alte Oper Frankfurt and Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King with Bodø Sinfonietta.

Melrose has sung in many world premieres, including Kalitzke’s Die Besessenen (Theater an der Wien), MacMillan’s The Sacrifice (Welsh National Opera) and Carter’s On Conversing with Paradise (Aldeburgh Festival, subsequently released on Bridge Records and nominated for a Gramophone Award). His many other performances in contemporary repertory include in Rihm’s Der Maler träumt at the Maggio Musicale Festival and Rambo (Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer) on Channel 4.

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Luca Francesconi’s Quartett to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 5 July 2014 at 10pm

30 June 2014
Luca Francesconi’s Quartett to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 5 July 2014 at 10pm

Leigh Melrose and Kristin Chávez's fiendishly complex vocal performance is accompanied by the London Sinfonietta.