Described as a voice “of grace and personal beauty” and “spellbinding” Scottish soprano Lesley Craigie was recently named the runner up finalist in the New York Chamber Orchestra’s Respighi Prize.
Specializing in both classical and Scots song, Lesley made a professional move to the U.S in 2003. Now based in New York, the soprano has performed with opera companies such as New Jersey Opera Theater, The Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute and the Washington Concert Opera, the Baltimore Opera, New York Bel Canto Opera Association and Opera Box (Wales) both as a soloist and ensemble member. Most recently, she sang the roles of Tosca with Verismo Opera and Boheme Opera, NJ and Nedda in Mercury Opera’s I Pagliacci. In the 2013/14 season she premiered Susan Kandor’s new opera “News from Poems” and sang in the American premiere of Das Labyrinth, both in New York. Recordings include Barber’s ” A Hand of Bridge” with the Scottish National Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop for the Naxos label.
In addition, Ms. Cragie is an accomplished recitalist. She was personally invited to perform in concerts in Italy by the esteemed soprano, Elly Ameling, in Firenze . She also has performed solo at the Chauatauqua Institute in their Richard Rogers concerts in 2007 and was invited to sing her native Scots Songs at Capitol Hill for the first ever visit of the Scottish Prime Minister’s meeting with President Obama in 2009. This year, Lesley was honored to sing solo at the 2014 inaugural NY Tattoo with over 75 pipers from both sides of the Atlantic accompanying her.
Oratorio credits as a guest soloist include Elijah (With the Scottish Opera Orchestra) Messiah, Petite Messe Solenelle, Bach Magnificat, Brahms Requiem, Schubert Mass in G, Faure Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria and most recently Carmina Burana in Long Island.
Lesley holds degrees and scholarships from the Royal College of Music, London, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University and studies privately in New York City with William Schuman.