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 for their vocal as well as acting prowess… Leigh Melrose, did tremendous work as Ruprecht, alternating between brooding intensity and clutching earnestness, consumed to the point of masochism by his hopeless passion.”
Bachtrack, 12th May 2017
“Nicht minder beeindruckend ist der Ruprecht des Engländers Leigh Melrose: Mit seinem facettenreichen Bariton gestaltet er die Rolle des immer wieder zurückgewiesenen und doch hoffnungslos abhängigen Liebhabers ausgezeichnet.”
oper-aktuell, 7th May 2017