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Leigh Melrose

Baritone

Biography

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

English baritone Leigh Melrose makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2013/14 Season, singing Vicomte de Valmont in John Fulljames's new production of 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) and Rodolfo (Leoncavallo's La bohème). Other recent engagements include the title role in Harrison Birtwistle's Gawain with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Songs by Charles Ives arranged by Georg-Friedrich Haas and John Adams with Oslo Filharmonien, Bernd Zimmermann's Requiem für einen jungen Dichter for Alte Oper Frankfurt and Peter Maxwell Davies's Eight Songs for a Mad King with Bodø Sinfonietta.

Melrose has sung in many world premieres, including Johannes Kalitzke’s Die Besessenen (Theater an der Wien), James MacMillan’s The Sacrifice (Welsh National Opera) and Elliott 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 Wolfgang Rihm's Der Maler träumt at the Maggio Musicale Festival and Rambo (Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer) on Channel 4.

News and features

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

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

30 June 2014

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

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