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Leah Gordon  

Leah Gordon

Soprano

 

Leah Gordon completed her Masters of Music in Performance at the Guildhall of Music and Drama, London England with honours in 2005 after she had finished her studies towards her Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Toronto with Mary Morrison in 2000. She has participated in master classes with Marilyn Horne, Elly Ameling, Yvonne Kenny, Malcolm Martineau, Rudolph Jansen and Graham Johnson. She has taken part in the Opera as Theater program at the Banff Center for Performing Arts in Alberta, Canada, St.Andrews-by-the-sea opera program in New Brunswick, Canada, the 38th International Music Opera Course at the Janáček Academy in Brno, Czech Republic and the Britten-Pears Young Artist program in Aldeburgh, England.

She was discovered at the age of 24 and was offered her first solo "fest" contract at the Musiktheater im Revier, Gelsenkirchen, Germany where she sang between the years 2005 and 2008, after which she joined the Staatstheater Nürnberg ensemble where she is currently a principle soloist. As a guest she has sung at the Aalto-Musiktheater Essen, the Wuppertaler Theater, Mainfranken Theater Würzburg and Deutsche Nationaltheater Weimar.

Leah Gordon has performed over 25 roles on the professional operatic stage spanning from Drusilla in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea and La Folie in Rameau's Platée through the Mozart roles of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro and Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
Her voice is well suited to the repertoire of bel canto having sung the title role in Donizetti's Emilia di liverpool, Fatima in Bellini's Zaira and the Rossini roles of Contessa di Folleville in Il viaggio a Reims, Anaï in Moïse et Pharaon and La Comtesse in Le Comte Ory.

She has also gotten notice in such supporting roles as Sacerdotessa in Aida, Juliette in Korngold's Die Tote Stadt and Der Hirt inTannhäuser. Having sung a number of unusual operas as fully-staged productions, Leah Gordon has also performed in concert as Celia in Haydn's La Fedelta Premiata, and the title role in Mecradante's Zaira.
She has also had success with such roles as Musetta in La Boheme, Inès in Meyerbeer's L'Africaine and Micaela in Carmen.

She has sung recitals amongst others for the Aldeburgh Connection, the University of Toronto's prestigious Hart House Strawberry Social, the Leighton House in London, England and the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. Most notably in the oratorio genre she has sung Dvorak's Stabat Mater with the Peterborough Singers and Symphony Orchestra, Handel's Israel in Egypt with Pax Christi Chorale, Haydn's Creation with the Charlton Kings Choral Society and Handel's Messiah with the East Surrey Choral Society.

She has also performed many Bach cantatas, most notably Jauchzet Gott im allen Landen and Non sa che sia dolore as well as Haydn's Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo (Kleine Orgelmesse), Schubet's Mass in G major and Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate and Vaughan-William's Dona Nobis Pacem.

Leah's love for renaissance and baroque music was further developed at the University of Toronto, where she studied early music with Mary Enid Haines. She participated in master classes with Emma Kirkby and studied with Andreas Scholl at the Britten-Pears Young Artist program in Aldeburgh, England.

She has sung as a soloist with Helmut Rilling in the International Bach Festival, with Christian Curnyn in Charpentier's Le Malade Imaginaire, with Harry Bicket in Purcell's Faery Queen and with Kevin Mallon's Aradia Ensemble in Charpentier's Messe de Minuit pour Noel and Te Deum, which was recorded on the Naxos label.

Leah has begun to make a mark in the genre of cabaret and musical-theater having already played the roles of Mary in Cy Coleman's The Life at the Musiktheater im Revier and Janice Dayton in Cole Porter's Silk Stockings at the Staatstheater Nürnberg. She has gained a reputation as a comedienne with her audience, making such songs as Jeanine Tesori's "The Girl in 14 G" a regular request.

As a recitalist she has been known to present unconventional programs such as her project in the Staatstheater Nürnberg's Opera Late Night series 2009, which she, along with Wolfram Märtig, composed a program of radically re-arranged classical works from Puccini, Poulenc and Hugo Wolf for jazz-trio, combined with songs from Jason Robert Brown's Last Five Years and William Bolcom's Cabaret Songs, entitled Classic Remix. Her most recent undertaking within the Staatstheater Nürnberg's "Liedgut" series 2010, English Breakfast with American Pie, illustrated the similarities between the performance practices and compositions of John Dowland and Henry Purcell with works from composers of modern America, such as Carlisle Floyd, Samuel Barber and Stephen Sondheim.

Leah Gordon has been generously supported with acclamations throughout her career most notably on the international level, the Deuxième Prix de Finaliste at the Concours International de Chant de Verviers, Belgium, she was a finalist at the 7ème Concours International de Chant de Marmande and she won the third prize at the X Concourso Internazionale per cantanti lirici Spazio Musica, Orvieto, Italy.

During her engagement at the Musiktheater im Revier, Gelsenkirchen she was awarded the Gelsenkirchener Theater Prize 2008 for her outstanding performances that season as well as being selected in Theaterpur magazine as the next up-and-coming young singer.

Leah was generously sponsored with a scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Musicians during her education at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she also won the coveted Susan Longfield Prize, a competition within the institution for all female singers, as well as second prize at the Great Elm Vocal Awards in Frome, England.

During her years studying at the University of Toronto, Leah received the continuous support of the Lois Marshall scholarship and was a Trinity Choral Scholar at the prestigious Trinity College. Leah is a laureate of the Jeunesse Ambassadeurs Lyriques 2005, first place winner of the NATS auditions, winner of the Silver Tray; the highest vocal honour awarded at the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival and has received the support of the American Male Chorus Association. Leah was the reigning champion of the Ontario Music Festival Association for four consecutive years until the year 2000 and is the only singer to have won the Music Industries Association of Canada scholarship at Musicfest Canada; a scholarship awarded to the most outstanding instrumental performer.

 

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