Described as a voice “of grace and personal beauty” and “spellbinding” Scottish soprano Lesley Craigie specializes 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, Washington Concert Opera, the Baltimore Opera The Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute, New York Bel Canto Opera Association, Opera Box (Wales), Boheme Opera NJ , Mercury Opera , The Center of Contemporary Opera and the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera both as a soloist and ensemble member. Roles include Tosca, Nedda (I Pagiacci), Violetta (La Traviata) Giulietta (Tales of Hoffmann) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) and Polly Peachum (Three-Penny Opera) amongst others. 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. Craigie is an accomplished recitalist. In April 2019, Lesley was honored to be asked to perform at the National Cathedral and 2018 she was invited back to give her third recital at Capitol Hill,. Other performances in the 2017-18 season include performing soprano solos in Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Requiem as well as an opera gala in Greenwich CT. In October 2018, Lesley gave a recital with pianist Alexandra Beliakovich at Trinity Wall Street Church in New York. She was personally invited to perform in concerts in Italy by the esteemed soprano, Elly Ameling, in Firenze . She has performed solo at the Chauatauqua Institute in their Richard Rogers concerts and was invited to sing her native Scots Songs for the first ever visit of the Scottish Prime Minister’s meeting with President Obama in 2009. In 2014, Lesley was honored to sing solo at the inaugural NY Military Tattoo with over 75 pipers from both sides of the Atlantic accompanying he and was invited back to perform at the same event this year with the NYPD Brass at the Armory in New York City.
Oratorio credits as a guest soloist include Elijah (With the Scottish Opera Orchestra) Messiah, Petite Messe Solenelle, Bach Magnificat, Mozart Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Schubert Mass in G, Faure Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Carmina Burana and Schubert Mass in G.
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 and Renata Scotto and is currently on the faculty of Musica Academy International, The Pinnacle School and the Amadeus Conservatory of Music.