Polly Leech mezzo-soprano
Polly’s time at the NOS is generously supported by John Wates, Alison and Malcolm Thwaites, Lisa Newick, the Opera Awards Foundation and the South Square Trust.
Wiltshire-born mezzo-soprano Polly Leech recently graduated from the Royal College of Music with a Masters in Vocal Performance (Distinction), where she studied with Amanda Roocroft. Polly was the Theo Max van der Beugel Scholar, and was also supported by the Josephine Baker Trust. Recent and current opera engagements include Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel (Pop-Up Opera), Fekluša Kat'à Kabanovà (Opera Holland Park), Pitti-Sing The Mikado and Third Lady/Third Boy The Magic Flute (Charles Court Opera), Olga Eugene Onegin (Whitgift School), Queen/Second Village Woman/Mother Raven Snow (new commission by Murphy/Treacher/Lloyd for The Opera Story), Irene Theodora (RCM Oratorio Society), Tisbe Cinderella (HighTime), Countess of Desmond/Lady Lewson/Miss FitzHenry/Mrs Birch/Lady Jersey/Mrs Worrall/Second Nun English Eccentrics by Malcolm Williamson (British Youth Opera), Wife 76 Days by Kenichi Sekiguchi and Angel BEL and the DRAGON by Alex Paxton (RCM/Tête à Tête), Florence Pike Albert Herring (RCM International Opera School), Dritter Knabe Die Zauberflöte (RCMIOS), and Mrs Herring Albert Herring (Samling Academy Opera). In February 2017, she premiered the roles of Queen/Second Village Woman/Mother Raven in The Opera Story’s highly acclaimed inaugural production, Snow. For the performance of the seven roles she played in Malcolm Williamson's English Eccentrics, Polly was awarded the Basil A. Turner Prize and the Dame Hilda Brackett Award from Sadler's Wells. She will return to Aldeburgh as a Britten-Pears Young Artist in March 2018 to study the role of Irene in Handel's Theodora with Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn.
Prior to her musical studies, Polly graduated from Durham University with a BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.