B i o g r a p h y
Leonie Maxwell is a light lyric soprano from Wells. She began her career as a chorister at Wells Cathedral. As well as singing the daily services she performed solos with Dame Emma Kirkby, Jools Holland and with the Cathedral Choir in Messiah (Handel) and Stabat Mater (Pergolesi). She appeared on many broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and 4, and recorded discs for Hyperion and Regent, including music by Leighton and Bednall; the latter being a Gramophone Editor’s Choice.
Whilst studying for her BA(Hons) in French and Italian at the University of Manchester she was a member of the University Chamber Choir and was a soprano soloist in the performance of A Child of Our Time (Tippett). Léonie became a member of the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service Singers in 2011 and sings with them regularly to this day.
Leonie has been involved in many opera productions, at the RNCM, across the North of the UK and recently in Berlin as Erste Knabe (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart) with the Berlin Opera Academy, directed by Gidon Saks and conducted by Andrew Wise.
Her roles include Susan, (A Dinner Engagement, Berkeley), Flora (The Turn of the Screw, Britten) and Sorella Cercatrice, (Suor Angelica, Puccini) with Manchester Opera Ensemble and 1st sprite in the RNCM production of Cendrillon (Massenet) directed by Olivia Fuchs and conducted by Martin André. Leonie joined Opera on Location as a member of the chorus for a performance of a new translation of Carmen (Bizet). And performed in the chorus in both Faust (Gounod), directed by Christopher Cowell, and Le Comte Ory (Rossini) with the Dorest Opera Festival. She has received coaching from Janice Kelly and Linda Ormiston on roles from Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček) and Little Women (Adamo).
Léonie is currently studying for her Masters of Music in Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music under the continued tutelage of Sarah Rhodes. She is being generously supported by the Richard Newitt Fund. Upcoming engagements include Suor Osmina (Suor Angelica, Puccini) at the RNCM, Bach Magnificat with the Keele Bach Choir, Mozart Requiem and The Coronation Mass (Mozart) with the Warrington Musical Society and Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass with the St George’s Singers.