Leila Zanette



Leila is a mezzo-soprano of English and Italian origin. She completed her training on the Royal Academy Opera Programme as well as completing her Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Sarah Walker, Nuccia Focile and Joseph Middleton Leila was kindly supported by the Charles Mackerras Opera Scholarship, PF Charitable Trust Award, the Patricia Kris Wolfe Prize and is currently supported by the Josephine Baker Trust and Opera Prelude, with whom she is a Young Artist.

Leila spent the beginning of 2020 working with Scottish Opera in the chorus for their production of John Adams' Nixon in China. In April 2020 Leila was due to perform the role of Irene, with Cambridge Handel Opera Company for their production of Handel's Tamerlano in Cambridge, however due to COVID-19 this has now been postponed to April 2021. Leila was also set to perform in the chorus as one of Garsington Opera Festival's Alvarez Young Artists, however again due to COVID-19 the Festival has been cancelled. The Young Artist Programme has fortunately been moved online in which the artists are receiving mentoring and career specific talks.

In September 2020 Leila will be traveling to Wexford to perform int eh chorus with Wexford Festival Opera as well as performing in their Pocket Opera "Shakespeare in Love." Leila will be singing Romeo's aria 'Se Romeo t'uccise un figlio' from Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Desdemona's aria 'Salce' from Rossini's Otello.


Leila recently performed the roles of La Ciesca in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi with LunchBreak Opera. Prior to this with the Royal Academy Opera Leila performed the roles of Marta in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, Juno in Handel's Semele, Véronique in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle and Older Woman in Jonathan Dove’s Flight, and Medea in Handel’s Teseo at the London Handel Festival in conjunction with the Royal Academy Opera. In Academy Opera Scenes she has played Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Idamante in Idomeneo.


Leila first appeared at the Grange Festival in the summer of 2017, both as the cover of the title role and in the chorus of Bizet’s Carmen, and of Granados’s Goyescas. She has recently completed another season with the Grange Festival chorus in Verdi's Falstaff and Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro where she appeared also as one of the Bridesmaids.

Other roles in scenes include Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), Mistress Quickly (Sir John in Love) and Minskwoman (Flight).

Leila is a Young Artist with London based charity Opera Prelude. She is grateful for their continuous support and has benefited from several performance opportunities and masterclasses provided by Opera Prelude. Masterclasses include: Sir Thomas Allen and Della Jones.  


Upcoming Events

Irene- Handel, Tamerlano- Cambridge Handel Opera Company- Great Hall at the Leys, Cambridge. Postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19

14th, 15th, 17th, 18th April  2020

1May-July 2020

Alvarez Young Artist Programme with Garsington Opera- moved online due to


Wexford Festival Opera- Chorus: Ein Wintermarchen- Karl Goldmark; Le Songe d'une nuit d'été- Abroise Thomas;Edemea- Alfredo Ctalani.

Pocket Opera: Shakespeare in Love singing the roles of Romeo- I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Bellini & Desdemona- Otello- Rossini

October- November 2020


Past Events


February 2020

22nd June 2019

Scottish Opera: Chorus- Adams, Nixon in China

14th December 2019

Soloist- Great Missenden Choral Society:
J.S Bach, Christmas Oratorio

Operatic recital with Hazel Neighbour- Soprano &

Maya Soltan- Piano- Mobberley, U.K

18th, 21st March 2019

Marta- Tchaikovsky, Iolanta- Royal Academy Opera

7th December 2019

Soloist- Amersham & Chesham Bois Choral Society- St. Mary's Church, Old Amersham.

Haydn, Nelson Mass

15th December 2018

Soloist for Rossini: Petite messe solennelle- Great Missenden Choral Society

14th November 2019

Cambridge Handel Opera Company- London fundraising and reception Recital at Stone House, London with Julian Perkins.

15th, 17th Novemeber 2018

Juno- Handel, Semele- Royal Academy Opera

17th, 19th May 2018

September / October 2019

Véronique- Bizet, Le Docteure Miracle- Royal Academy Opera

La Ciesca- Puccini, Gianni Schicchi- Lunchbreak Opera- St. Botoph's Hall, Bishopsgate, Bridewell Theatre, Blackfriars, King's Head Theatre,  Michael's Arts Festival. 

12th April 2018

Medea- Handel, Teseo- London Handel Festival

15th, 17th March 2018

May/ June 2019

Older Woman- Dove, Flight- Royal Academy Opera

The Grange Festival Opera:

Bridesmaid & chorus-

Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro

Chorus- Verdi, Falstaff


Leila Zanette is strongly cast as Marta, Iolanta's companion, all down to her lovely mezzo and impressive stage persona.
- Peter Reed: Classical Source

Leila Zanette... singing with vibrant tones and a bravura sense of dramatic emotions created a stormy character who really did seem to breath fire... stupendously all of character and really brought Medea's uncertain and contradictory nature alive. 
Zanette's account of Medea's final aria 'Moriro' with its cascades of notes... was both moving and thrilling, and he final accompagnato was a tour de force. 
- Robert Hugill: Planet Hugill

...Leila Zanette gave a dramatically commanding performance, ending with her storming down the nave of St George’s to confront the other characters in her last-ditch attempt to thwart Teseo and Agilea’s partnership.
- Curtis Rogers: Classical Source

... an extremely sumptuous mezzo-soprano, as did Leila Zanette as Medea who also produced a glistening sound in the upper register that nonetheless still hinted at the character's malevolence. 

-Sam Smith: MusicOMH



©2019 by Leila Zanette.