Soprano JAMILLE LEA received the Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, and received the Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas where she studied under tenor Richard Croft. During her undergraduate career she performed the roles of Lucy in Three Penny Opera, Oberto in Handel’s Alcina and was a featured soloist during the A Cappella choir tour of South Korea.
This creative artist has been a member of the Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso for many years, performing lead roles in The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, The Sorcerer, Patience, The Gondoliers, and Trial By Jury. In addition, the soprano made her debut as Cosette in the UTEP Dinner Theater’s production of Les Misérables in the Spring of 2014.
Ms. Lea served as a Young Artist with El Paso Opera for two years under the direction of Justin Lucero and David Holloway. Most recently, she performed the roles of Zweite Dame and Papagena in El Paso Opera’s production of Die Zauberflöte. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under the tutelage of bass-baritone Ricardo Herrera.