Leigh Melrose

Nekrotzar in Zurich

A quirky new production of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre opened in Zürich, directed by Tatjana Gürbaca and conducted by Tito Ceccherini (stepping in for an indisposed Fabio Luisi). “Dieser Umschlag ins Dämonische gelingt Leigh Melrose in der Titelrolle vortrefflich ”Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 4th February 2019 “As Nekrotzar and with a voice as strong as his acting skills were […]

Ruprecht in Zürich

Ruprecht in Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel was a new role, debuted in a new production at Opernhaus Zürich directed by Calixto Bieito and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. “Leigh Melrose, the emergent specialist of 20th century opera, is a chillingly barbarous Ruprecht crushed by unfulfilled lust.” Financial Times, 10th May 2017 “the two leads were remarkable […]

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 […]