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Sylvia Leith

Sylvia Leith, mezzo-soprano, is a soloist and consort singer praised for her “plangent” and “creamy” tone and “stirring” delivery (Washington Classical Review, Cultural Voice of North Carolina). She has appeared as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Washington Bach Consort, the Oregon Bach Festival, American Classical Orchestra, Bach Akademie Charlotte, Tempesta di Mare, Emmanuel Music Baltimore, the IN Series, Florilegium Chamber Choir, and Washington Young Sinfonia, in repertoire ranging from Bach, Handel, and Purcell to Mahler, Elgar, and Copland. Solo highlights of her 2023–24 season include Messiah with the Choir of St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium with Washington Bach Consort, Mozart’s Requiem with Princeton Pro Musica, Duruflé’s Requiem with St. John’s Music Tulsa and Christ Church Wilmington, and Bach cantata programs with Cantata Collective and Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity (New York City). Her operatic roles include Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Nancy in Britten’s Albert Herring, and Lazuli in Chabrier’s L’étoile Her ensemble credits include TENET, Lorelei, Bach Collegium San Diego, Ekmeles, the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Ensemble Altera, and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. With a special interest in one-per-part chamber singing, she is a founding member of the vocal quartets of the Polyphonists and the Uncommon Music Festival.

Sylvia earned her bachelor’s degree in German from Yale University, where she pursued diverse extracurricular performance activities, including seven principal opera roles, the Sprechgesang role in Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with players from the Yale School of Music, and a touring concert of the motets and lais of Philippe de Vitry. She then earned a master’s in Voice from Boston University, where she studied with Penelope Bitzas. She was a finalist in the 2021 Bethlehem Bach Aria Competition, a semifinalist in the 2022 New York Oratorio Society Competition, and a Mid-Atlantic Regional Finalist in the 2019 NATS Artist Awards competition.