A new production directed by Carrie Cracknell and conducted by Edward Gardner
"Musically, it's astonishing. Melrose, giving the performance of a lifetime, charts Wozzeck's disintegration with unflinching veracity and an extraordinary expressive range that veers from lyrical intensity to snarl or eerie falsetto"
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, May 2013
"It's hard watching Leigh Melrose as Wozzeck, a broken man shuffling from one abuse to another, fixated only on providing for Marie and his son in troubled times. That's the other thing this opera is about - poverty and what it does to people. And the way Melrose conveys the hopelessness of uncontrollable torment through the huge dynamic range of his vocal performance is both thrilling and deeply upsetting. It may be the performance of his life."
Edward Seckerson, The Arts Desk, May 2013
"But Leigh Melrose has done nothing better than this Wozzeck, never overplaying his doltishness and singing throughout with clarity and musicality"
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, May 2013
English National Opera
"Leigh Melrose brings a striking, venal energy as Escamillo"
Richard Morrison The Times, 23 November 2012
Tim Ashley, The Guardian
22 November 2012
"Leigh Melrose, at first resembling Ol' Blue Eyes in suit and hat then transforming into a macho bullfighter, was secure as Escamillo"
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer 25 November 2012
Salzburg May-June 2012
"Leigh Melrose ist mit metallischer baritonaler Energie und zunehmend strapazierfahigem Kern in der Stimme ein exzellenter Wozzeck"
Salzburger Nachrichten, May 2012
"Leigh Melrose als Sanger ist ein stimmlich strahlender durchschlagkraftiger Wozzek, als Darsteller ist er ein bemitleidenswerter und doch von Wurde und Lebenswillen erfullter Ecce Homo."
DrehPunktKultur, May 2012
"The climax, musically and emotionally, comes when Marta's proud violinist fiance, Tadeusz, sung with compelling anger by Leigh Melrose, is ordered to play the camp commandant's favourite tacky waltz, but instead strikes up Bach's magnificent Chaconne."
The Times, September 2011
"Leigh Melrose's Tadeusz is a figure of heroic defiance"
The Sunday Times, September, 2011
ENO Autumn 2011
"As Tamino's sidekick Papageno, the infuriating bird-catcher whose only wish is to eat good food and find a wife, Leigh Melrose inhabited the part like his own birds: chatty, skittish and comical with a one-legged stork pose for frightening moments. His aria, 'Ein Madchen oder Weibchen', had real sorrow."
The News Tribune, May 2011
"Leigh Melrose played Papageno from just the right angle, and proved himself the most rounded artist of the whole production; both vocally sound and dramatically effective."
Resmusica, May 2011
Seattle Summer 2011