Leela Subramaniam Soprano
Praised by Opera News as a “gleaming, pitch perfect soprano” and the Wall Street journal as “piercingly lovely” for her portrayal of the title role in Thais, soprano Leela Subramaniam is turning heads with her rapid ascent to opera stardom. After winning the prestigious Opera Foundation Björn Eklung Scholarship, Ms. Subramaniam was invited to join the Bayerische Staatsoper Opera Studio for the 2015-2016 season, where she appeared as Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel, Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, die Fünfzehrjahrige in Lulu, and die Hoher Schatten in the Opernfestspiele premiere of Hauke Berheide’s Mauerschau. In addition, she went on tour performing in many concerts with the Opera Studio, which featured excerpts from Mozart’s Lucio Silla, Idomeneo, and Verdi’s La Traviata.
Ms. Subramaniam made her Carnegie Hall debut performing Niece 1 in Peter Grimes with the St. Louis Symphony (which was named one of the top 10 performances of the year by The New York Times) and was featured on PBS in a concert in St. Louis featuring excerpts from Ricky Ian Gordon’s world premiere Twenty-Seven. She attended the Chautauqua Institution Voice Program, where she was seen as Sister Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites, and was a Gerdine Young Artist for two years at the Opera Theater of St. Louis where her assignments included Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Sadie in Terrence Blanchard’s Champion.
Previous credits include the title role in Thais, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Angelica in Orlando Paladino at the Manhattan School of Music, in addition to performing Nero in Handel’s Agrippina and Sister Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites at University of California-Los Angeles, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree. This season Ms. Subramaniam makes her Münchner Gärtnerplatz Theater debut in Purcell’s King Arthur and her debut with LA Opera performing Thumbprint with Beth Morrison Projects.