Leila is a mezzo-soprano of English and Italian origin. She has recently 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 recently 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 for the Royal Academy Opera, and Medea in Handel’s Teseo at the London Handel Festival. 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 will be performing the role of La Ciesca in Lunchbreak Opera's prodcuction of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi in the Autumn and next spring she will sing the role of Irene in Handel's Tamerlano with Cambridge Handel Opera Company.
16th2-20th, 27th, 29th September & 5th October 2019
La Ciesca- Puccini, Gianni Schicchi- Lunchbreak Opera- St. Botoph's Hall, Bishopsgate. 27th- Bridewell Theatre, Blackfriars. 29th- King's Head Theatre. 5th St. Michael's Arts Festival.
14th November 2019
Cambridge Handel Opera Company- London fundraising and reception Recital at Stone House, London with Julian Perkins.
7th December 2019
Soloist- Amersham & Chesham Bois Choral Society- St. Mary's Church, Old Amersham.
Haydn, Nelson Mass
14th December 2019
Soloist- Great Missenden Choral Society:
J.S Bach, Christmas Oratorio
Irene- Handel, Tamerlano- Cambridge Handel Opera Company- Great Hall at the Leys, Cambridge
14th, 15th, 17th, 18th April 2020
15th, 17th Novemeber 2018
May/ June 2019
The Grange Festival Opera:
Bridesmaid & chorus- Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro
Chorus- Verdi, Falstaff
Juno- Handel, Semele- Royal Academy Opera
22nd June 2019
Operatic recital with Hazel Neighbour- Soprano & Maya Soltan- Piano- Mobberley, U.K
18th, 21st March 2019
Marta- Tchaikovsky, Iolanta- Royal Academy Opera
15th December 2018
Soloist for Rossini: Petite messe solennelle- Great Missenden Choral Society
17th, 19th May 2018
Véronique- Bizet, Le Docteure Miracle- Royal Academy Opera
12th April 2018
Medea- Handel, Teseo- London Handel Festival
15th, 17th March 2018