“Leigh Melrose, the emergent specialist of 20th-century opera, is a chillingly barbarous Ruprecht crushed by unfulfilled lust.”
Financial Times, May 2017
“Leigh Melrose’s imposing Polixenes... it’s the show’s most electrifying moment.”
The Times, January 2017
“Musically, it's astonishing. Melrose, giving the performance of a lifetime”
Wozzeck, The Guardian, October 2015
News & Future Projects
Teatro Real, Madrid:
"Leigh Melrose was technically flawless"
Gloriana - bachtrack.com, 21 April 2018
"Leigh Melrose, que se deja la piel como Stolzius, al que confiere una gran entidad escénica y vocal"
Die Soldaten - El Pais, 17 May 2018
Three months at Madrid's Teatro Real are coming to a close in new productions of Britten Gloriana, directed by Sir David McVicar, and Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten directed by Calixto Bieito. Information on these shows can be found here and here.
Looking (much) further ahead there are also additional revivals of The Fiery Angel and The Passenger. ¡Brillante!
Theatre of the World:
Andriessen's Theatre of the World was recorded during the two performances with the LA Philharmonic and it has now been released on CD and online.
"top marks to a cast led by the superbly characterful British baritone Leigh Melrose as Kircher... this brilliant recording, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in razor-sharp form, with dazzling fluidity... alludes to everything from medieval organum and baroque sacred music to big-band jazz, children’s songs and political anthems."
The Times, October 6 2017
The recording has been nominated for best opera recording by both the International Opera Awards and the BBC Music Magazine!
La Scala and Wiener Staatsoper:
Further ahead there is a debut at Teatro alla Scala in György Kurtág's eagerly awaited opera Fin de Partie, a setting of Beckett's play ("Endgame" in English). More information can be found here.
There are also roles at Wiener Staatsoper as well as returns for new productions at Dutch National Opera and Opernhaus Zürich.
Golaud at the Ruhrtriennale:
"Die warme, unglaublich modulationsfähige Baritonstimme von Leigh Melrose verrät unterdrückte Aggression unter väterlicher Verantwortung..."
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 21st August 2017
"Der Rollendebütant Leigh Melrose hat stimmlich und darstellerisch das Potential, das hinter Golauds Zuneigung, Leidenschaft und dem Besitzanspruch genau die Unbeherrschtheit und latente Gewaltbereitschaft aufblitzen lässt, die ihn so bedrohlich düster und zum Leben untauglich macht, wie hier."
neue musikzeitung, 20th August 2017
"Leigh Melrose ist ein vor gestauter Gewalt bebender Golaud von imponierender Stimmkraft"
Stuttgarter Zeitung, 19th August 2017
Last summer was a role debut as Golaud in a new production of Pelleas et Mélisande by Krzysztof Warlikowski at the Ruhrtriennale. Barbara Hannigan was Mélisande and it was conducted by Sylvain Cambreling. Further information can be found here.
Golaud in Antwerp:
"Een schot in de roos is bariton Leigh Melrose als Golaud, de weduwnaar die Mélisande huwt. Overtuigend doorloopt Melrose het parcours van sympathiekeling tot jaloerse sadist tot gebroken kerel."
de Volkskrant, February 2018
"Baryton au timbre plus sombre, Leigh Melrose offre un Golaud déchirant, à la fois digne et rongé par la jalousie."
Bachtrack.com, February 2018
Golaud is back in a new production for Vlaamse Opera, Les Theatres de la Ville de Luxembourg and the Grand Théâtre de Genève, which features designs by Marina Abramovic, costumes by Iris van Herpen and directed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet.
The amazing photographer Rahi Rezvani took these new portraits.
"In short, Melrose triumphed in a magnificently all-embracing portrayal in one of the most dramatic concert performances of an opera that I’ve experienced"
Jumping in as Wozzeck at the
Royal Festival Hall & Zurich Opera:
"Advertised to London as a star vehicle for the baritone Christian Gerhaher, Wozzeck was instead a triumph of ensemble and nerve. Stepping in for Gerhaher at 24 hours’ notice, Leigh Melrose gave a sensational performance of the title role: tense, taut, harried and bullied by the random rattling interrogations of his superiors. If you’re going to be an outsider, this is the role to be an outsider in."
The Times, 5th October 2015
"The loss of Gerhaher turned out to be no loss at all. Indeed, although I was certainly curious to hear what a voice of such beauty would have made of the role, I cannot believe that the dramatic achievement of Leigh Melrose’s portrayal could possibly have been superseded. Melrose’s Wozzeck in English remains unforgettable, like much else from ENO’s brilliant Carrie Cracknell production. Here, he showed that, in the original language, his match of verbal and musical acuity with first-class acting – yes, although this was a ‘concert’ performance, much of what we saw as well as heard was in character – could, if anything, penetrate still deeper. Much nonsense has been spoken, probably more often written, about Fischer-Dieskau’s allegedly too ‘intellectual’ assumption of the role. One needs a mind to be able to understand and to communicate the darkest, most profound reaches of Berg’s – and of Wozzeck’s. This Wozzeck was as thoughtful and as sensitive as he was downtrodden and, ultimately, angered."
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