Sophie Leleu

Sophie Leleu

Lyric Mezzo-Soprano

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2000Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroCherubino


Sophie began her artistic training by studying Dramatic Art with Mourad Mansouri and Guy Ségalen at the Ecole Nationale du Val Maubuée, and celtic harp in oral tradition with Didier Donon. In 2006, she obtained a bachelor&rsquos degree with distinction from London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, studying with Laura Sarti, whilst also pursuing her harp training there with Manon Moris. In 2004, as part of the Erasmus pro- gramme, she studied with Anke Eggers at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. On returning to Paris, Sophie joined the Classe de Perfectionnement (postgraduate course) directed by Udo Reineman, focusing on vocal interpretation, particularly of the “Lieder” genre. Today, she continues to train with Chantal Mathias, teacher in CNSMDP. During her time in London, Sophie fell in love with early music and she trained with Emma Kirgby, Paul Esswood and Gérard Lesne. She was involved in the creation of an ensemble called L’oeil ou la lune? (The eye or the moon?). This gave her the opportunity to perform the music of English composers (Dowland, Purcell, Handel), and Italian composers from the early 17th Century (Caccini, Monteverdi, Marini, Strozzi and Rossi). In November 2012, she performed works by Schein, Schutz and Telemann in the Bordeaux area with the Sagittarius Ensemble, led by Michel Laplenie. Sophie performs regularly in London, Berlin, Paris and the rest of France, but also in the US. Her knowledge of the baroque, classical and contemporary repertoires stems from her experience, her talent and her inquisitive nature. She has performed both oratorios, such as Bach’s BWV 125 Cantata for Alto or Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, and Operas, performing roles from Gluck’s Opheus (Orfeo) and Handel’s Rinaldo (Rinaldo) and Giulio Cesare (Sextus). She took the role of Penelope in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria in a GSMD production in London. She was Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart, conducted by Amaury Du Closel with the Orchestre de la Radio Roumaine in the Château de Rochambeau. She also performed the title role in Offenbach’s La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein in Paris during the winter 2010. With a keen interest in contemporary music and creation, Sophie has worked with many composers and ensembles (Sequenza 9.3, Les elements, Les siècles etc...). In June 2009, she was invited to perform the roles of Galathée and Bergère in the World premiere of the contemporary opera Pastorale by Gérard Pesson, conducted by Jean- Yves Ossonce and staged by Pierrick Sorin at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. She then joined the Cabaret contemporain Ensemble and performed a program of works by Berio (Folksongs), Ber- berian (Stripsody) as part of the Musique Libre Festival in Besançon, in October 2011. She also performed the soloist part in Jean-François Peyret ‘s new creation “Re-Walden“, conducted by Alexandros Markeas at the EMPAC, New York in March 2012. In April 2012, she joined June Anderson and Sumi Jo, performing the role of Nancy Tang in John Adams’s Nixon in China at the Théâtre du Châtelet, conducted by Alexander Briger and staged by Chen Shi-zheng. Then, she joined the Balcon Ensemble to perform the role of Alejandra in the world premiere of L’enfer Musical by Marco Suarez-Cifuentes, conducted by Maxime Pascal. Next season, she will create the role of Tyrsis in Benjamin Attahir’s opera Pastorale. She will soon appear in a series of concerts on prestigious stages such as the Ferme du Buisson in Noisiel, The Mai- son de la Musique in Nanterre, The Metz Arsenal, the Massy opera house, the Théâtre de l’Archipel in Perpignan, the Evreux Louviers Theatre, The Briquetterie du Val de Marne, the Gaité Lyrique theatre, and the Cité de la Musique in Paris, where she will perform works by Steve Reich with the Links Ensemble. This season, Sophie appeared in Chicago with the Voix de Strass Ensemble and the Fonema Consort chamber orchestra in a series of concerts of contemporary music (Brahms, Stravinsky, Bartok, Aperghis...), led by Catherine Boltzinger. In the spirit of creativity and through a desire to bring artists together, Sophie created the Des Lieux et Des Etres company (Places and Beings) of which she is the artistic director. Their latest production, a musical show around the works of Kurt Weill and Joseph Kosma entitled Je suis comme je suis (I am what I am), was performed at the Avignon festival in 2013 to great critical acclaim.
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