Anna Leese, soprano
Soprano Anna Leese, (26) is currently in her final year of the RCM Benjamin Britten Opera course in September under Ryland Davies in London. In November 2002 she completed a MusB degree with First Class Honours at the University of Otago, under Isabel Cunningham.
Anna had a predominantly choral introduction to music through singing in church choirs, and was a member of the New Zealand Secondary Students choir, and the Tower New Zealand Youth Choir before she decided to concentrate on solo voice. Anna has won an impressive list of awards and aria prizes, including the 2001 Dame Sister Mary Leo Scholarship, the 2002 Mobil Song Quest, the 2002 Lockwood Aria scholarship and the 2003 McDonalds Aria Scholarship in Sydney, held in the Sydney Opera House.