Role(s) in this year's festival:
Suzy: City Workers in Love
2nd Spirit: The Arctic Flute
How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?
- I am spending a lot of time in the practice room with my yoga mat to prepare me for NUOVA's intense rehearsing schedule. University is a pretty good training ground! I'm also contemplating the most efficient snack/meal strategy.
What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs?
- Why this year? I saw Opera Nuova's production of La Bohème and I'm really excited to be a part of a local program for young artists. My neighbour has been telling me to audition for NUOVA ever since she heard me rehearsing for my audition at the University of Alberta, but I kept telling her I wasn't ready. I finally felt ready this year. She is one of my biggest fans!
o Mentors/Inspirations: Irene Apanovitch, Elizabeth Turnbull, Michele Capalbo
o Experience/Roles: Zinnia in L’étoiles
o Dream Roles: Amina in La Sonnambula, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro
Leah Balding began pursuing an undergraduate degree in music after she started singing with Accord Ensemble four years ago, a community chamber choir in Edmonton. Leah is in her third year of studies with Elizabeth Turnbull at the University of Alberta, is a member of The Madrigal Singers, and played the part of Zinnia in L’étoiles this year. She is looking forward to being a part of Opera NUOVA this summer.