Leslie Ann Leytham, mezzo-soprano

Leslie Ann Leytham is a San Diego-based mezzo-soprano who focuses much of her attention on contemporary narrative vocal works, not only as a singer and actor, but a costume designer, director, writer and a composer of performance art pieces. Her work draws from television, film, and opera, centering on the depiction of women in popular culture (thanks to a very bizarre youth spent living in Las Vegas). Dr. Leytham explores the intersectionality and performativity of gender, sexuality and institutional norms in the genres of pop, experimental, and opera.

Leslie seeks to consistently extend the theoretical and technical boundaries of the voice and has commissioned and premiered works by Martin Hiendl, Nicholas Deyoe, Clinton McCallum, Carolyn Chen, Marti Epstein, Andy Vores, and is currently preparing a regional premiere of a work by Austrian composer, Beat Furrer. She has performed as a featured artist with CityWater Ensemble at San Francisco’s Center for New Music, The Industry Opera Company in Los Angeles, Ensemble Echoi on the Monday Evening Concert Series in Los Angeles, La Jolla Symphony under the direction of Steven Shick, and as a founding member of Boston’s Guerilla Opera Company.

Dr. Leytham earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2005) and a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from The Boston Conservatory (2007). Leslie earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music Performance from the University of California, San Diego where she developed her interdisciplinary work under the guidance of the late violinist János Négyesy and video artist, Tara Knight.