Ben Leonard - tenor
Welsh tenor Ben Leonard is an Alumnus of the National Opera Studio and the Royal College of Music. This season Ben returns to the Glyndebourne Festival to cover the role of Jaquino in Fidelio and will perform at the BBC Proms. Ben recently performed Borsa (cover) in Rigoletto for Glyndebourne Touring Opera. In 2019 performed Alfredo at the Grimeborn Festival in an adaptation of La Traviata entitled Violetta at the Arcola Theatre. He made his debut at the Montepulciano Festival as Private Augenti in Passion by Sondheim directed by Keith Warner, and performed Handel Messiah and Bach B Minor Mass at Glasgow City Halls with the Bearsden Choir and the McOpera Orchestra. He is an Alumni of British Youth Opera, Young Artist at Nevill Holt Opera and a Next Generation Artist with Iford Arts. Whilst at the National Opera Studio Ben performed with the orchestra of Welsh National Opera as Count Almaviva Barbiere di Sivilglia and Pang Turandot, Nemorino L’elisir D’amore with the Orchestra of English National Opera at Cadogan Hall and with Scottish Opera at the King’s Theatre Edinburgh, and Last Days with Opera North. Ben performed Habdonah in Handel Esther at Wigmore Hall for the London Handel Festival. Most notable concerts include a reception at Windsor Castle for HRH Prince Philip, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music at the Throne Room, Buckingham Palace with John Wilson, soloist at the Thousand Male Voices concert Royal Albert Hall and a semi-staged concert of Yeomen of the guard at Symphony Hall Birmingham with the CBSO and John Wilson. Ben’s future engagements include returning to Glasgow City Halls to perform Mendelssohn Elijah with the Bearsden Choir, Bach Magnificat and Haydn Nelson Mass with the Leicester Bach Choir and Schubert Mass in E at the Actors Church, Covent Garden.