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LEELA SUBRAMANIAM

SOPRANO

BIOGRAPHY

Praised by Opera News as a “gleaming soprano” and The Wall Street Journal as “piercingly lovely,” soprano Leela Subramaniam has sung with some of the world’s most prestigious houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Gärtnerplatz Theater, Theater Basel, Irish National Opera, LA Opera, and the Carnegie Hall stage. A champion of new works, Leela has performed in five world premieres, two of which have been by women of color.


Ms. Subramaniam made her role début as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Portland Opera at the beginning of the season, where she was also recently seen reprising the role of Annu in Kamala Sankaram’s Thumbprint. Upcoming, she will perform the role of Veronica in The Grand Hotel Tartarus, a new opera by Richard Danielpour for Opera UCLA. She will also be seen in recital with pianist Victoria Kirsch performing Stauss’ Brentano Lieder at the Ostin Recital Hall in Los Angeles. She recently performed the role of Turan in Threshold of Brightness, a new work by Iranian composer Niloufar Nourbakhsh with Beth Morrison Projects at National Sawdust. She also sang the title role in the virtual reality opera Miranda by Kamala Sankaram with Opera Omaha/Tri-Cities Opera and participated in a staging workshop with the LA Philharmonic and Deaf West Theater as Marzelline in Fidelio. Previous roles include the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor and Thaïs, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, and Angelica in Orlando Paladino. In prior seasons, she has covered Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Flower Maiden #1 in Parsifal, and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with The Metropolitan Opera. She was a first prize winner of the Joan Taub Ades Competition in NYC and the Sigma Alpha Iota Competition, as well as a finalist in The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Giulio Gari Foundation Competition, and Zinka Milanov Competition. As a young artist, she was a member of the Bavarian State Opera Studio, attended the Chautauqua Institution, and was a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theater of St. Louis. [read more...]

CRITICAL ACCLAIM


"...gleaming, pitch-perfect soprano..." – Opera News


Thais – Leela Subramaniam gave a memorable performance as Thaïs... More impressive even than her gleaming, pitch-perfect soprano was her complete, internalized understanding of her character. Everything about her changed when she made the transition from courtesan to penitent: her body language, her demeanor, her gestures. One of her most arresting moments was purely non-vocal. During the famous 'Meditation,' played with exquisite, quivering beauty by concertmaster Christina Bouey, Subramaniam revealed the vulnerability lurking beneath the surface of her confident, powerful sensuality as she moved from rage to desperation to acceptance.


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"... sailed through Angelica's coloratura and high notes with steely accuracy..." – Opera News


Orlando Paladino – Soprano Leela Subramaniam... sailed through Angelica's coloratura and high notes with steely accuracy and glee and portrayed the character's narcissistic nymphomania with vocal assurance.


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"...Subramaniam's lovely tone retained its luster even when taxed to the full in arduous, altitudinous vocal flights..." – The New York Times


Orlando Paladino – Leela Subramaniam, a soprano, proved even more touching as Angelica, especially when contemplating suicide as a way to rejoin Medoro, missing and presumed dead. Ms. Subramaniam's lovely tone retained its luster even when taxed to the full in arduous, altitudinous vocal flights. 


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"...her luscious soprano and sunny presence..." – Chicago Tribune


L'elisir d'amore – In the supporting role of Giannetta, Leela Subramaniam brightens the stage with her luscious soprano and sunny presence.

REPRESENTATIVES

Elliot Brown 

Agent | Classical & Artist Promotion 


Adrienne Boris 

Agent | Classical & Concert 

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