Polly Leech is a mezzo-soprano from Wiltshire. She previously studied at the Royal College of Music, gaining a postgraduate Masters in Vocal Performance (Distinction) under Amanda Roocroft. Polly is a Britten-Pears Young Artist.
For Polly’s recent performance of Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel with Pop-Up Opera, she was shortlisted in the Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera category in the 2018 WhatsOnStage Opera Poll. Other recent opera engagements include Fekluša Kat’à Kabanovà (Opera Holland Park), Pitti-Sing The Mikado (Charles Court Opera), Third Lady The Magic Flute (Charles Court Opera), Olga Eugene Onegin (Whitgift School), Queen/Second Village Woman/Mother Raven Snow (new commission by Murphy/Treacher/Lloyd for The Opera Story), Irene Theodora (RCM), Tisbe Cinderella (HighTime), Countess of Desmond/Lady Lewson/Miss FitzHenry/Mrs Birch/Lady Jersey/Mrs Worrall/Second Nun English Eccentrics by Malcolm Williamson (British Youth Opera), Wife 76 Days by Kenichi Sekiguchi and Angel BEL and the DRAGON by Alex Paxton (RCM/Tête à Tête), Florence Pike Albert Herring (RCM International Opera School), Dritter Knabe Die Zauberflöte (RCMIOS), and Mrs Herring Albert Herring (Samling Academy Opera).
For the performance of the seven roles she played in Malcolm Williamson’s English Eccentrics, Polly was awarded the Basil A Turner Prize and the Dame Hilda Brackett Award from Sadler’s Wells. She returned to Aldeburgh as a Britten-Pears Young Artist in March 2018 to study the role of Irene in Handel’s Theodora with Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn. Future operatic engagements include Mrs Noye Noye’s Fludde for Lichfield Festival. She will move to Amsterdam in September to commence the Dutch National Opera Studio, where she will study with Rosemary Joshua and take small roles in the main stage productions.
Prior to her musical studies, Polly graduated from Durham University with a BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.