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Star Soprano Anna Leese

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"With her diamond-clear voice and natural comic timing she seemed born to play this part”– The Times (UK)

New Zealand’s emerging star soprano Anna Leese performs in Invercargill in August as part of a 10-centre tour with Chamber Music New Zealand.

Anna Leese will be performing with pianist Terence Dennis, widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s finest musicians and has an international reputation as an accompanist.

Anna Leese and Terence Dennis perform at The Victoria Room, Civic Theatre, Invercargill on Wednesday 13 August.

Tipped as New Zealand’s fastest rising operatic star, Anna Leese has just been confirmed as a special guest to sing with superstar Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli at his only New Zealand concert in Auckland on Wednesday 20 August.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing Anna Leese to Invercargill,” says Chamber Music New Zealand chief executive Euan Murdoch. “This is an opportunity for Invercargill audiences to experience her incredible talent.”
Anna Leese has won an impressive list of awards and aria prizes, including the 2002 Mobil Song Quest. She went on to graduate from the Benjamin Britten International Opera School at the Royal College of Music, London, winning the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Rosebowl.

Anna has debuted on the main stage at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, singing Musetta in La Bohème and Michaela in Carmen and she has recorded for the EMI debut series with Graham Johnson and performed a recital at London’s Wigmore Hall in June.

“The loveliness of her presence and of her art is indeed beyond compare. She shines like a flawless jewel, polished and ready to be placed in whatever crown the fates have prepared for her.” – The Tribune (NZ)

Her programme for the Invercargill recital includes four passionate and lyrical gems from the rarely heard collection of Brentano Lieder by Richard Strauss, a selection of striking British songs by Walton and Britten, airs by Purcell and charming English canzonets by Haydn, delightful folk-influenced material from Spanish and Basque composers and exquisite arias from Puccini operas.

Anna Leese performs with Terence Dennis at The Victoria Room, Civic Theatre, Invercargill on Wednesday 13 August at 8pm. Book at Ticketdirect on 211-1692 or online at For more information visit

Chamber Music New Zealand acknowledges major funding from Creative New Zealand.

Purcell Sweeter than roses; If music be the food of love
Haydn The Spirit’s Song; She never told her love
Britten Two Songs from On This Island
Walton Three Sitwell Songs
Alvarez La Partida
Guridi Two Canciones Castellanas (Castilian Songs)
Richard Strauss Brentano Lieder, Opus 68
Puccini Concert Aria O fior del giorno (Edgar); Concert Aria Chi il bel
sogno (La Rondine)