Sylvia Leith

Mezzo-soprano Sylvia Leith is a versatile performer whose repertoire spans from the medieval to the contemporary. This year she has appeared with the Washington Young Sinfonia as soloist in Elgar’s Sea Pictures, recorded the role of Helena in the “radio opera” A Fairy Queen with the IN Series, and joined the chorus of Opera Lafayette’s production of Beethoven’s Leonore. In 2019, Sylvia was a Mid-Atlantic regional finalist in the NATS Artist Awards competition, and a Young Artist with the Boston Early Music Festival. Highlights from her opera career include the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Nancy in Britten’s Albert Herring, Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, and Endimione in Cavalli’s La Calisto. As an oratorio soloist, she has performed Vivaldi with the American Baroque Orchestra, and Bach cantatas under the direction of John Harbison. A dedicated chamber musician, Sylvia has performed Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with players from the Yale School of Music, and she is a founding quartet member of the Uncommon Music Festival. This fall, Sylvia will sing in the final round of the Bethlehem Bach Aria competition, join the Thirteen Choir and Washington Master Chorale for digitally streamed concerts, and appear as alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah at the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church. Based in Baltimore, Sylvia is a member of the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and she sings with Bridge, Cathedra, and the National Cathedral Choir.