CYNTHIA LEIGH brings a special presence to the main stage with her committed performances and unique voice. Noted for her control, she has the capacity to sing powerfully in one moment, transcending to an almost invisible wisp of sound in the next. Always the consummate actress, true to the composer and librettist, Ms. Leigh becomes the characters she portrays, inspiring audiences through her deep and varied emotional range.
This season Ms. Leigh portrays Nedda in Pagliacci and The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Genesis Opera Theatre, Almira Gluch in The Wizard of Oz at the Lyceum Theatre in San Diego; and sings in Celestial Opera Company’s 20th Anniversary Gala. Recent engagements include Despina in Così fan tutte with Redlands Opera Theatre, Rosario in Goyescas with Independent Opera in Los Angeles, in the Artist Showcase in San Francisco and a solo recital at the Duestudio Concert Series in Richmond, Leonora in Il Trovatore and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera, The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Riverside Lyric Opera and Amore in Orfeo ed Euridice with Celestial Opera Company in Pasadena; she has also been featured in several Opera Showcase productions at the National Opera Center and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City.
No stranger to the concert stage, Ms. Leigh’s sacred works include soprano soloist in the Requiems of Fauré, Verdi and Rutter. She has performed throughout California in such venues as San Diego Civic Center, Los Angeles Theater, California Center for the Arts in Escondido, Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla, Lesher Center in Walnut Creek and John Steinbeck Theater in Monterey.