Musician and Mezzo-soprano in London, United Kingdom
Leila is a Mezzo-soprano of English and Italian origin. She was born and grew up in Kenya before moving to the UK to pursue her higher education in music at the University of Southampton. She is currently studying at the Royal Academy Opera, under the tutelage of renowned opera singer, Sarah Walker, and highly acclaimed accompanist, Joseph Middleton, having just completed her Masters of Arts in Performance at RAM.
In March 2018 Leila will perform the role of the Older Woman in the Royal Academy Opera’s production of Dove’s ‘Flight.’ In April,Leila will sing the role of Medea in Handel’s ‘Teseo’for an RAO performance in conjunction with the London Handel Festival. In November, Leila performed in RAO’s scenes as Dorabella from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.
Recently in the summer, Leila covered the role of Carmen, as well as performing as part of the chorus for The Grange Festival’s production of Bizet’s, Carmen. She also covered and sung the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ for Thames Philharmonia Opera at the beginning of last year. Leila participated on a project at the Wigmore Hall with Open Academy in which she sung the roles of the Sorceress, the 2nd Witch and the Spirit in Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas.’ Other performances with the Royal Academy of Music vocal faculty opera scenes include Lucretia in Britten’s, ‘The Rape of Lucretia,’ Mrs Quickly, in Vaughn Williams’, ‘Sir John in Love,’ The Minsk Woman in Dove’s ‘Flight’ and Suzy in Puccini’s, ‘La Rondine.’
Leila has played a crucial role within the Open Academy department at RAM, where she has worked on several musical projects with people that have a limited access to the world of opera. Her highlight was a project called Raise your Voice, which worked in conjunction with Glyndebourne Opera and people living with dementia. Through this project Leila has performed in two successful recital concerts for people living with dementia; one at the Wigmore Hall and another at Marylebone Parish Church.
Whilst studying at the University of Southampton, Leila had her debut operatic appearance as Adonis in John Blow’s opera, 'Venus and Adonis'. During this time she performed in master-classes with one of Britain’s leading opera singers, Rosalind Plowright, and vocal coach Mary King. Leila has also performed in a master-class at RAM with highly acclaimed bass Brindley Sherratt.
Leila is kindly supported by the PF Charitable Trust Award, The Patricia Kris Wolfe Prize and the Josephine Baker Trust.