Polly Leech mezzo-soprano
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. Prior to her time at the RCM, Polly gained a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Durham University. Recent operatic roles include Dritte Dame/Dritter Knabe Die Zauberflöte (Charles Court Opera), Olga Eugene Onegin (Whitgift School), Tisbe La Cenerentola (HighTime), Angel BEL and the DRAGON & Wife 76 Days (RCM/Tête à Tête), Florence Pike Albert Herring (RCMIOS), Dritter Knabe Die Zauberflöte (RCMIOS), and Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel (Durham Opera Ensemble). For the seven roles she played in Malcolm Williamson’s English Eccentrics (British Youth Opera), she was awarded both the Dame Hilda Brackett Prize and the Basil A. Turner Prize. In February, she premiered the roles of Queen/Second Village Woman/Mother Raven in The Opera Story’s highly acclaimed inaugural production, Snow. Upcoming engagements include Fekluša Kát'a Kabanová (Opera Holland Park) and Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel (Pop-up Opera). Polly will appear as a 2017/18 Britten-Pears Young Artist.