Leigh Melrose

Jumping in as Wozzeck at the Royal Festival Hall & Zürich Opera

“Advertised to London as a star vehicle for the baritone Christian Gerhaher, Wozzeck was instead a triumph of ensemble and nerve. Stepping in for Gerhaher at 24 hours’ notice, Leigh Melrose gave a sensational performance of the title role: tense, taut, harried and bullied by the random rattling interrogations of his superiors. If you’re going […]

Wozzeck at ENO

“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” 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 […]